Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…read more
New Zealand Prime Minister flags four-day working week to boost economy
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has suggested employers might consider a four-day working week and other flexible working options as a way to boost domestic tourism and help employees address persistent work/life balance issues.
With an impending opportunity to restructure the New Zealand economy for reopening, Prime Minister Ardern today commented that ideas for a shorter work week to more public holidays might stimulate the economy and encourage domestic tourism, while the borders remain closed to foreign nationals.
Made in a Facebook live video, Prime Minister Ardern’s informal comments suggest that New Zealanders might enjoy more free time in the future – leaving them more time to engage in a range of leisure activities.
Speaking from Rotorua, one of the country’s tourist hubs, Prime Minister Ardern said many New Zealanders said they would travel more domestically if they had more flexibility in their working lives, advising “I hear lots of people suggesting we should have a four-day workweek. Ultimately that really sits between employers and employees.
“But … there’s just so much we’ve learnt about COVID-19 and that flexibility of people working from home, the productivity that can be driven out of that.
“I’d really encourage people to think about that if you’re an employer and in a position to do so. To think about if that’s something that would work for your workplace because it certainly would help tourism all around the country.”
With lockdowns and social distancing having resulted in record numbers of people working from home around the world while also reorganising the deployment of labour, Prime Minister Ardern’s suggestion of a new approach to work has reportedly proved popular with New Zealanders.
With economists having called Coronavirus induced changes the biggest workforce shift since the Second World War, a universal four-day week could improves the quality of life of the population, although whether it will deliver levels of productivity consistent with a five-day week remains to be seen.
However, with the growth of disposable income having been behind the expansion of leisure spending throughout the developed world over recent decades, the ability of people to make the most of increased free time will likely need to go-hand-in-hand with incomes returning to pre-Coronavirus levels and continuing to grow after that.
Image: Massey's Royal Reserve Playground. Courtesy of Auckland Council.
21st April 2020 - New Zealand Government looks to ease Coronavirus restrictions
15th April 2020 - Nature key to New Zealand’s post Coronavirus recovery
1st April 2020 - Recreation Aotearoa launches dedicated Coronavirus website
6th October 2019 - Leisure the biggest industry in the world
21st January 2019 - Creative New Zealand report says arts vital to the future of tourism
16th June 2015 - Urban parks and city liveability centre stage at Auckland conference
22nd December 2011 - Auckland ranked world’s third most liveable city
19th November 2010 - Forget Leisure: Focus on the Experience Industry
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…read more
Pico Play is a global leader in the planning, design, development and construction of world-class themed attractions and entertainment that deliver extraordinary and memorable experiences to millions…read more
Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…read more
APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…read more
Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…read more
Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…read more
Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/hydrilla-pty-ltdread more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!