4-DAY WEEK WIN: WORKER CONSULTATION KEY

Medibank conducted a trial of a four-day work week, offering employees fewer meetings, more autonomy, and reduced low-value work.

Aiming to enhance wellbeing and productivity, employees were encouraged to participate in designing the new work arrangements.

Using the 100:80:100 model - meaning 100 per cent productivity in 80 per cent of the time for 100 per cent of the pay - the company collaborated with ‘4 Day Week Global’ and Macquarie University to monitor and refine the initiative.

Employees were able to opt in, with leaders supporting teams in designing their work schedules.

Medibank are saying the trial resulted in reduced stress levels and sick leave, with productivity remaining unchanged, highlighting the importance of employee involvement and flexibility in the implementation of any such program.

Source: OHS Alert, 27 February

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