NITDF8: The Four Day Week - Fad or Future of Work?

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Catalyst Belfast Fintech Hub

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We're pleased to bring you our 8th Northern Ireland Talent Development & Retention Forum themed 'The Four Day Week - Fad or Future of Work?'

‘The Brits are only productive for 2.5 hours a day.’ This was the striking statement New Zealand based ‘Perpetual Guardian’ founder, Andrew Barnes, encountered in an Economist article when he came up with the idea of trialling a four-day working week.

At Perpetual Guardian, New Zealand’s largest trustee services company, Barnes calculated that people would only need to be productive for an extra 45 minutes of their four workdays to compensate for an extra day off. Pledging to trial the novel idea without reducing salaries, or extending working hours on other days, Barnes knew there would be raised eyebrows in the boardroom. His instincts told him, though, that with a caveat around output not diminishing despite the reduced hours, a four-day week could benefit the company, its clients and its employees. How was it going to work in practice? How would it be implemented? Barnes had no idea.

Perpetual Guardian brought in university researchers from The University of Auckland and the Auckland University of Technology to independently track the initiative’s progress during their trial period before its resounding success saw it made permanent. Global media exposure including a TEDx Talk and interviews with the likes of the BBC, CNN, The Guardian and the New York Times followed. Barnes partner Charlotte Lockhart, a former member of the Perpetual Guardian team with an extensive business background who is on the board of the Wellbeing Research Institute at Oxford University, became CEO of ‘The Four Day Week Global’ to champion the movement internationally.

We’re incredibly lucky to have Charlotte coming to join us in Belfast from New Zealand for NITDF8 to share with us the inside story of Perpetual Guardian’s journey towards a four-day week. Charlotte and The Four Day Week Global team have put together a business model they believe any company in any industry can follow based on their extensive research.

  • Why were Perpetual Guardian so convinced to make this move?
  • What obstacles did they encounter?
  • How did they overcome these?
  • How did it impact talent attraction, retention, performance, engagement and attendance?
  • Can a four-day work week be replicated everywhere and should it be?
  • Is this really something which could ever work in Northern Ireland?

These will be some of the topics Charlotte will discuss with us on the morning of September 23rd in the Catalyst/ Danske Bank Fintech Hub in Belfast. Charlotte and The Four Day Week Global team have extensive experience of working with businesses worldwide to help them transition and can share with us some of the stories of how the move has played out in different industries.

We hope to have you with us again for this unique opportunity to dive into one of the most fascinating and innovative moves in workplace wellbeing in recent years. As always the event will be participative so you have the opportunity to get involved and ask your own questions.

The NITDF, brought to you by Vibrant Talent Development, will be hosted by Craig Thompson and Colin Lauder.



Please note the event will be held in the Fintech Hub in Danske Bank on Monday 23rd September from 08:00 - 10:30am. As the event starts at 08:00 and the bank will not yet have opened, entrance will be through the side door on Howard Street.

***As per previous events there will be a cap on ticket numbers as we want these events to be big enough to be impactful but small enough to be useful, build a community, get to know and help each other. We therefore advise early booking and look forward to seeing you there***




The Northern Ireland Talent Development & Retention Forum (#NITDF) is brought to you by Vibrant Talent Development. It serves as an opportunity for NI business professionals to network, learn from each other and problem solve together so we can attract, develop and retain top talent in our businesses.

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