In all seriousness, the article from The Atlantic highlights a company called Treehouse that has challenged the idea of a traditional 40 hour work week where employees work 5 days a week. This company encourages 32 hours per week (4, 8 hour days). And they don’t have a loss of productivity. They haven’t lost out on growth or revenue. They’ve flourished because employees have choice, balance between work and home, and feel rested between work weeks.
I’m not sure if every business can accommodate a 32 hour work week without carefully reviewing required headcount and budgetary concerns. But I think it’s possible to think about the traditional work week differently. Here are some ideas:
- Could you populate your team with people who work less than 40 hours? Stay-at-home parents who want to work 9a-3p during the school year and other qualified candidates who may not be able to work 8 hours per day.
- In the summer time, could you offer employee the ability to flex their start and end times so they can spend more time outside or with family?
- Could you offer to employees the ability to work 4, 10 hour days? Ensuring your team has overlap on 3 core days per week. (Some have Monday off. Some have Friday off.)
Read the article for yourself by clicking here: The Atlantic or copy and past the following link into your browser: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/four-day-workweek/396530/?utm_source=SFTwitter
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