Vaimoana Tapaleao is the New Zealand Herald's Pacific Affairs and People reporter.

Tour firm's Fridayitis solution: early knockoff

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Does your zest for work disappear rapidly on a Friday afternoon? You're not alone - 70 per cent of us admit we are easily distracted as the weekend approaches.

And half of us will give priority to social arrangements over work tasks this afternoon, according to a survey.

The survey by sightseeing and cruise operator Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands is a cheeky attempt to persuade Auckland bosses to free staff early on a Friday - so they can head up north and enjoy the tourist attractions.

Fullers general manager Charles Parker claims it's a win-win situation for all. "Savvy employers have the opportunity to motivate staff by allowing them to leave early on a Friday."

Mr Parker said the idea of "Freedom Fridays" would boost staff morale. "The Bay of Islands is an easy three-hour drive so whether you leave work at 1pm or 6pm on a Friday, you can still get there in time for dinner before enjoying a relaxing weekend away."

The campaign is understood to have been tried in at least one workplace. Staff loved it and staff engagement increased.

Leadership consultant Lesley Slade argues there is some merit to the idea. "Smart employers ... have tapped into a motivator that is more powerful than money - time. Many organisations expect staff to work extra hours when required, so this is a way of rewarding them."

The survey of 452 workers by Perceptive Research showed 70 per cent admitted being easily distracted on Friday afternoon. Fifty-one per cent said they gave priority to social arrangements over work and 80 per cent said being let off early on a Friday would decrease stress.


70 per cent
say they are easily distracted on Friday afternoons

51 per cent
put social arrangements above work

80 per cent
would be more motivated by an early finish

- NZ Herald

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