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Majority of New Zealanders Support Four-Day Working Week, Poll Shows

Majority of New Zealanders Support Four-Day Working Week, Poll Shows

The majority of New Zealanders support a shift to a four-day working week, according to a recent poll. The survey conducted by 1News Kantar Public re

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The majority of New Zealanders support a shift to a four-day working week, according to a recent poll. The survey conducted by 1News Kantar Public revealed that 63% of respondents favored the introduction of a shorter workweek, while only 22% opposed the idea. Advocates argue that a four-day workweek can enhance employee well-being and productivity. Approximately 50 companies in New Zealand already offer a four-day workweek. The poll also indicated that around 70% of individuals aged 18 to 49 support the concept. While no legislative barriers have been identified, both major political parties believe that the decision should be left to businesses and employees.

Some businesses, such as the Wellington fashion house Kowtow, have already implemented a nine-day fortnight without negative effects on productivity or business targets. However, there are considerations regarding potential intensification of work during shorter workdays and challenges for businesses that operate seven days a week. Supporters of the four-day working week tend to include Green Party supporters, higher-income households, graduates, and Labour Party supporters, while opposition is more prevalent among older men, National Party supporters, and non-graduates.

See the full poll results and methodology here: https://www.scribd.com/document/648102082/1News-Kantar-Public-poll-for-May-25

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