Russian Prime Minister says he is looking for a four-day week for the country after seeing how it increased productivity at the New Zealand company that introduced it
- Dmitry Medvedev said that it is & # 39; very likely & # 39; is that his country will adopt a four-day week
- He cited New Zealand company that productivity increased 20% with a shorter week
- The constant pursuit of worker success leads to fatigue and chronic stress, he said
- Last month, the WHO recognized burnout as a professional phenomenon due to stress in the workplace
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that it is & # 39; very likely & # 39; is that in the future his country will take a four-week working week.
Medvedev, 53, said the shorter week will help workers overcome burnout syndrome and chronic fatigue.
He mentioned the Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand-based financial services provider, who saw productivity increase by 20 percent when they gave employees a three-day weekend.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that it is & # 39; very likely & # 39; is that his country will adopt a four-day working week in the future
& # 39; It is very likely that the future will see a four-day working week as the basis of the social and labor contract & # 39 ;, said Medvedev at the International Labor Conference in Geneva on Tuesday.
He added that the continuous pursuit of employee success leads to fatigue and chronic stress, which lowers productivity.
The World Health Organization officially classified Burnout syndrome at the conference in Geneva last month. It is described as & # 39; chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed & # 39 ;.
Symptoms include feelings of exhaustion or exhaustion of energy; increased mental distance from someone's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism with regard to someone's job; and reduced professional efficacy.
& # 39; It is very likely that the future will see a four-day working week as the basis of the social and labor contract & # 39 ;, said Medvedev at the International Labor Conference in Geneva on Tuesday
Russia has one of the least productive workers in the world's largest economies.
In October, a company in New Zealand announced that it had accepted a four-day work week following a successful trial.
The 250 employees of Perpetual Guardian, a financial services provider from Auckland, now get an extra day off after a successful test in March and April this year.
The company's founder, Andrew Barnes, said there was no downside to the new system after employees demonstrated the benefits of the extra downtime.
According to a panel of academics who studied the effects on Perpetual Guardian employees, employees exhibited lower levels of stress, higher levels of enjoyment of work, and an improved sense of work-life balance.
Perpetual Guardian CEO Andrew Barnes (photo) said there were & # 39; no drawbacks & # 39; were for the new system
Employees now have the option of signing up for the new scheme or not, whereby those who choose to stick to a five-day structure receive other benefits, such as shorter working hours.
& # 39; For us, this is about our company that improves productivity through greater workplace efficiency … there is no disadvantage for us & # 39 ;, said Barnes.
& # 39; The right attitude is a requirement for it to work – everyone must be committed and take it seriously to create a viable long-term model for our company. & # 39;
Barnes (left), talking on radio with the New Zealand radio about the study, believes that employees are more productive when given a four-day week
Barnes said the experiment had potential implications for everything from the balance between work and private life to the gender pay gap and the mental well-being of employees.
He said this could motivate employees to produce better work in less time.
The academics who surveyed Barnes staff said that in November last year, slightly more than half of the staff (54 percent) believed that they could balance their work and home obligations, while this number after the trial 78 percent had risen.
Staff stress levels decreased by seven percentage points as a result of the trial, while stimulation, involvement and a sense of self-reliance at work all improved significantly, with total satisfaction with life increasing by five percentage points.
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