Which jackpot exactly?

Jacinda’s beau and father of her unborn child, Clarke Gayford says he’s always been attracted to ambitious women but reckons he’s “hit the jackpot” with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  He doesn’t enlighten us as to which “jackpot” Jacinda has presented him with, this is left to our imagination.

This week over 200 employees at Perpetual Guardian were asked if they would work four days a week instead of five and still get paid for the day off. This one’s a no-brainer!

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In March, trust company Perpetual Guardian will launch a six-week trial where its full time staff will work for four days a week but still be paid for five days.

If successful, the company will implement the policy permanently from July 1.

Perpetual founder Andrew Barnes said the idea behind the four-day week was to increase productivity and start a conversation that challenged the traditional working week.

Employees have six weeks to prove they can make this work for the arrangement to become permanent. Word on the street is employees will bend over backwards to make sure it does.  If they manage to achieve target they too will have “hit the jackpot”. There will be no shortage of applicants to work with this forward-thinking company when it was made clear they are expected to work faster and smarter, not longer, and ten hour days are not acceptable. Time to dust off the CV?

Other examples of forward-thinking New Zealand companies offering inducements to increase productivity and retain employees include a company which allows staff to “cash in” unused sick days at the end of the financial year. This has a double whammy of the company no longer accruing sick leave and also gives the employee an incentive to use sick days only when necessary.  Goodbye hangover-Monday-day-off.

Other Kiwi companies retain employees by rewarding them with an additional week of annual leave on completion of 5 or 10 years with the company.

Now, where can I find a job with one of these companies?


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