Four-day working week founder can't work one himself

The New Zealand founder of the four-day working week can't do it himself.

Perpetual Guardian founder Andrew Barnes told The AM Show he tried to go down to four days when his company did in 2018.

"If I just had one job I could do a four-day week, and in fact when we started this I was being quite deliberate, I was taking certainly one day off a week and I stopped working weekends."

But his efforts to spread the four-day working week elsewhere have eaten up all of the time he would have had off.

"This thing has now gone so global that we're often at the end of the week travelling to launch formal campaigns in America, and then Ireland and then catching up with a lot of companies in the UK that are actually doing it."

Barnes' company instituted a four-day working week for a six-week trial in February 2018, making it permanent once the trial ended.

Employees don't earn less or work longer hours, they just have to make sure the same amount of work gets done.

"We talk about productivity, which is why we don't ask you to work longer hours, we don't cut your pay," Barnes told The AM Show earlier in 2019

"You're delivering what you said you were going to deliver, so we say 'that's fine', you deliver that, we'll gift you a day off."