With two weeks until The Productivity Summit in London on 31st January 2019, we hear from speaker Christine Brotherton, who has been part of implementing a four-day week throughout the business and its effects on productivity.
What is the Productivity Summit?
Britain is in the midst of a productivity crisis. The analysis shows that output levels have barely risen since the last recession, and there is a long-standing and now growing productivity gap between the UK and the likes of France and Germany. The Productivity Summit presents cross-industry case studies from UK businesses implementing productivity models and strategies, covering three main areas – systems and modeling, employee engagement and health and wellbeing. Living up to its name, The Productivity Summit offers an interactive and energetic programme intent on getting the most out of one day.
Christine Brotherton, Head of People and Capabilities at Perpetual Guardian
In September 2018, Perpetual Guardian, a small financial planning firm from New Zealand, made international headlines with the launch of a four-day working week trial. Head of People and Capabilities, Christine Brotherton, expects the four-day working week to reduce stress and improve mental health, resulting in a more productive team.
We hear from Christine on what to expect from The Productivity Summit and her view on productivity in business:
Tell us why the managemebt team at Perpetual Guardian decided to trail a four-day working week?
Our owner, Andrew Barnes, read a couple of research reports which suggested thta productivity in the workforce can be as low as one and a half hours a day. While these findings are not new, they are still shocking – and Andrew wanted to explore the reasons why productivity can be so limited. We started to questions: how do we create a 21st century workplace that can give employees a more balanced life, without chaging client experience or profitability for the worse? What if we change the way we thuink about productivity, o longer associating it with hours worked?
We designed our trial – giving employees the power to design a new way of working fewer hours, yet increasing productivity. Essentially, our employees worked for four days, and we paid them for five.
What was the bigeest concern about the impact on productivity before the trial?
We were keen to test whether there is a conection between greater employee engagenebt ad icreased productivity – essentially, is the “carrot” of a day off each week worth thinking differently, smarter and being more efficient in how we work? Our trial gave us the opportunity to test that.
How did you set expectations with both leadership and employees>? What degree of buy-in was needed?
A key part to our trial was empowering our employees to make decisions. Customer service and remaining open for business was paramount – as was upholding our Company Values. Employees were asked to organise their days off within their teams, and to propse theuir own productivity measuyres – it was important that our trial was not “manager-led”.
Tell us why you’re coming to The Productivity Summit. Which other speakers are you most interested in hearing from and why?
It’s a pleasure to be asked to present – we feel that our experience is a game changer and we’re keen to start the conversation with others. This summit is about productivity – which is the key to sustainable growth. I’m keen to hear from all the participants to help us focus upon sustainable growth within our businesses.
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Who will be there?
Industries: Healthcare, Tech, Advertising, Mining, Retail, Media, Construction, Automotive, Charity, Manufacturing, Banking, Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services, Transportation, SMEs
What will be featured?
Case studies from the UK’s leading brands include:
- How to measure productivity
- How to actually implement flexible working and mental health programmes to drive productivity
- What a good productivity model looks like
- How to manage to change internally
- Practical steps to improve diversity and resulting impact on business productivity
- How to improve non-financial compensation and benefits to compete for talent
- How to prepare for Brexit and the impact it’s going to have on productivity
- Using internal champions to build productivity into the company culture
There are 150+ attendees, 20+ speakers and 5 dedicated hours to networking.
Interested in attending?
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Where: Gloucester Millennium Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4LH
When: 31st January 2019
Time: The agenda runs from 8am – 5pm
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