Thousands of UK workers started a 4-day week on Monday with no loss of pay, in the world’s biggest trial of the new working style.
The pilot is running for 6 months and is being organised by 4 Day Week Global.
It’s based on the 100:80:100 model – 100% pay for 80% of the time, with a commitment to 100% productivity.
I can’t wait to see the results. It’s exciting to see the variety of companies on board – local chippies, software firms, recruitment agencies, tax specialists, Charity Bank.
Researchers will be measuring the impact on business and productivity, stress and burnout, life satisfaction, gender equality, and the environment.
As we emerge from the pandemic, more and more companies are recognising that the new frontier for competition is quality of life.Joe O’Connor, 4 Day Week Global
As with output-focused working, this will give companies a competitive edge.
Wacky office perks don’t cut it. Life is for living, and we want our time back. As you get older, you don’t want to waste your time on things or people that don’t make you feel good.
📚The Practical Magic of the 5-hour Workday, by Trevor G. Blake. Read the free pdf and pass it on. Trev has built and sold three startups for $600 million in a decade. All while never working more than 5 hours daily from a casita at home.
He shares his personal work schedule for enhanced creativity and revenue generation, and the history and science behind the rationale for never working more than 5 hours a day (via Do Lectures).
The Medieval workday was no more than 6 hours, nature-driven, and in the hamlet. We now have the tools and tech to get back to that with remote working and less commuting, but we’ve gone too far the other way, working even longer hours.
We have a steady stream of information. Drip, drip, drip. It’s hard to switch off when your phone is an extension of your hand.
If you run a company of one and work remotely, you already have a competitive edge. You’re agile, committed to your cause, and you run your own schedule.
Getting more done in less time is down to discipline, deep work, mono-tasking – and delegating what you can!
📚 Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. How active rest and deep play – walking, hobbies, sports, good conversation – are the keys to happiness and success. That’s when we come up with those crazy, creative ideas.
Alex points out that a four-day week creates an entire year of extra free time every five years 👀
What would you do with that extra year? Imagine the problems we could fix!
Bikini on and soak up the summer 🏖 😎 🙏 We had Ziggy Marley on Hastings Pier tonight – doing a live tribute to his papa!
Written by Nika Talbot, founder of award-winning Firebird Studio. Content designer and UX writer. Based near Brighton, heart in Italy 🇮🇹
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