Westpac Smarts: 4-Day-Work-Week

Date: Friday 28 Sep 2018     Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Venue: Wellington Chamber of Commerce Level 7, 3-11 Hunter St

Could reducing our workweek by one day improve productivity, engagement, employee wellbeing and stress levels?

Andrew Barnes, founder and managing director of Perpetual Guardian, drew national and global attention earlier this year with his announcement that the company would trial a four-day work week for all staff. Over eight weeks in March and April 2018, Perpetual Guardian experimented with a globally unprecedented form of a four-day week across the business. The remarkable point of difference: there was no compression of expected work schedules (such as four 10-hour days) or reduction in salaries. Simply, employees were able to nominate and receive a day off each week, at full pay.

Join us at our next Westpac Smarts session with Andrew Barnes as he covers:

  • Four-day week – why and how to conduct a trial?
  • The flexible working revolution
  • Culture and art as a business tool

This event is exclusive to members only, and is FREE to attend.

Register now to hear how implementing a four-day week could benefit your team.


Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries. The transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the four-day week, which made headlines around the world). Andrew is a director of Complectus Limited, the company encompassing Perpetual Guardian and several other trustee businesses, is the director of Coulthard Barnes and is chair designate of the Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) board.

Earlier in his career, Andrew identified the opportunity for the evolution of real estate in Australia and was chairman of realestate.com.au at the time of its IPO on the ASX. Later, he became CEO of Bestinvest, a US$5.7billion, UK-based investment management and advisory company, leading the sale to private capital in 2007, and was managing director of Australian Wealth Management Limited, a major Australian wealth management and trustee business that he led to IPO in 2005.



Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 5 clear working days prior to the event. Cancellations after this time and ‘no-shows’ on the day will be charged the full invoice amount. Substitutions are permitted if you can no longer attend.