Back in 2021, some tough projects and an even tougher lockdown were taking their toll. As a team, we realised we had to start working differently, to avoid burnout and create space to take breaks, refresh and reflect on all the good work we were doing.
Our first idea was a late start and early finish to the week, giving people more time to recharge. The 10am Monday start helped, but finishing at 2pm on Friday just wasn’t happening. Although we didn’t book in client meetings, a lot of the team were still finishing off projects and catching up. We needed to try something bolder.
We’d talked about the four-day week as something to move towards in the future. And we watched the recent trial with interest — who wouldn’t want more free time, particularly if there’s no cut in pay?
But it didn’t seem achievable from where we were. Everyone was stretched working five days a week, so to lose a whole day would either extend our timelines too much, or put more pressure on the team to deliver in a shorter space of time. But feedback from the national trial suggested it was working.