In recent years, the concept of a 4-day week has gained traction among forward-thinking companies and progressive societies. This trend has emerged as a response to the growing need for work-life balance and the recognition that employee well-being directly impacts productivity. Many companies that have adopted a 4-day week have in fact witnessed productivity levels rise by up to 20-40% (Gitnux, 2023). Drawing upon similar findings, it is evident that the implementation of a shorter week can yield significant benefits for both employees and the overall success of a company.
As part of our commitment to fostering a healthy work-life balance, we have piloted 4-day week last year. Prior to implementing a 4-day week last year, we had already introduced half-days on Fridays and a self-determined monthly afternoon off to our dedicated team. These initial changes were met with positive feedback, as employees appreciated the opportunity to enjoy more leisure time and rejuvenate themselves.
The primary goal of last year’s 4-day week was twofold: to enhance productivity during working hours and provide sufficient time for our team members to recuperate with the breathtaking summer in Cyprus or embark on short vacations abroad. The results surpassed our expectations. Despite working one day less each week, our ability to deliver exceptional service remained unaffected.
Keen on analyzing the lessons learned from this trial period of the 4-day week in 2023, we organized an internal workshop to gather feedback and insights by our valued employees. This introspection helped identify areas for improvement in the domains of a work-life balance and an opportunity to explore ideas to further bolster productivity. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, we have decided to expand this initiative even further this year. Building upon the success of the previous trial, we are extending the 4-day week from one month to two months.
During the period of July and August, we will therefore not be operating on Fridays, affording our employees an extended weekend and more time to recharge their batteries. However, to ensure that our clients’ needs are met promptly, even in emergency situations, we have devised a system of standby staff on a rotational basis for the usual working hours on Fridays. This proactive approach guarantees that any urgent customer support request will be addressed.
With confidence, we anticipate a win-win-win situation for all stakeholders involved once again. PHILOSHOPERS will get to enjoy more leisure time and engage in activities that nurture their well-being. The company stands to gain from heightened productivity levels, and a motivated workforce. Finally, our esteemed customers will benefit from having dedicated partners who are laser-focused on their success, delivering exceptional service with renewed energy and enthusiasm.