Follow the Focus HR team on our path to a 4 Day Week.

The Focus HR team is currently undergoing a trial period, working towards implementing a 4-day week. The idea was made famous by Andrew Barnes in his book, you guessed it … “The 4 Day Week”.  The concept at its simplest is described as 100 | 80 | 100.  The team receives 100% of income, for 80% of the time, as long as we achieve 100% output and productivity.  

This approach has been proven to have a multitude of benefits, the biggest ones being increased (yes, increased) productivity, profitability and employee well-being.  It also increases sustainability and resilience in the business, not to mention the benefits of taking an approach to people that puts you firmly in the ‘employer of choice’ space. 

Given all of the benefits for both the business and its people, it is a no-brainer.   

That doesn’t mean it is easy though.   

And at Focus HR we are on our own journey to implement the change while making sure that we keep our focus on providing excellent service to our valued clients. 

And so we are implementing a mock trial period (a Clayton’s Free Day if you will) from August to October this year.  What this means is that each of our team will be taking one day out of each week to work on the business rather than in the business.  And our focus on that one day a week is to drive improvements in the systems, templates and knowledge base that we use to deliver quality, timely, and practical products and services to our clients.   

We will still be providing full coverage Monday to Friday with the team spreading their Clayton’s Free Day across the week.

We would love to share our thoughts, processes and learnings with you. And of course we are always happy to have a chat about how it’s all working for us – and how it could work for you and your business.


Follow our journey to a 4 Day Week as we share our thoughts.

The 4 Day Week

In The 4 Day Week, entrepreneur and business innovator Andrew Barnes makes the case for the four-day week as the answer to many of the ills of the 21st-century global economy.

Barnes conducted an experiment in his own business, the New Zealand trust company Perpetual Guardian, and asked his staff to design a four-day week that would permit them to meet their existing productivity requirements on the same salary but with a 20% cut in work hours. The outcomes of this trial, which no business leader had previously attempted on these terms, were stunning. People were happier and healthiermore engaged in their personal lives, and more focused and productive in the office.

You can read more about this here

Initial thoughts – Eloise

When Alistair first mentioned the idea of a 4 day work week my mind immediately went to longer hours, more work and increased stress and pressure. I...

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After the Pitch – Eloise

Walking into this meeting I was in two minds, full of questions and open to the possibilities. By the end of Alistair’s pitch, I felt I had some...

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The Road Map – Eloise

I walked into this meeting with a notepad full of questions. I think my biggest hesitation, or the things that I thought would hold us back from...

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Sharing the Journey – Naomi

I finally worked up the guts to share the concept of a 4DW with Scott while we drove north for a family holiday. Why did I need to work up to it? ...

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Early Wins – Naomi

Week 1 of our Clayton's Gift Day (CGD) trial is now under our belt.  And it feels good… I've split my day in half for now - mainly because we need...

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