Today, we are excited to launch our PACE blog which we will contribute to weekly going forward. Everything that we post will be intrinsically tied to our vision of a clean energy future and our values of People, Purpose and Performance. Where better to start than our 4 Day Week….
We have all become some accustom to the 5 day week that it is now ingrained in our culture and indeed since the financial crisis of 2009, the average time spent at work has been steadily increasing. Half a million workers suffer from work-related mental health conditions each year, and 15.4 million working days were lost to work-related stress last year, a jump of nearly a quarter. Imagine implementing a policy in your workplace that would tackle health conditions ranging from mental problem to high blood pressure, increase productivity, help the environment, improve family lives and ultimately make people happier. It exists, and it’s overdue and we have implemented this at PACE: the introduction of a four-day week.
Productivity in the UK is despairing low compared to other European countries. For example, Germans will complete the same workload by Thursday lunchtime as we do by the end of Friday. If we are honest, if we lose the hours spent on pointless meetings, plowing through email or gossiping, and most people probably “work” in the strict sense a lot less than they think.
All we ask in return of this extra day is that our time is spent to do things that matter in their own lives, whether that is taking our kids to school, developing professional skills or volunteering for example. Andrew Sillitoe pioneers the concept of the 4 pillars of Business, body, relationships and mindset that requires devoting equal time to each. We strongly believe that spending equal time on these will bring our lives back into balance. Linked to our vision, a four-day working week could also help tackle climate change as shorter working weeks reduces our carbon footprint. Happier employees become more engaged and motivated employees and in turn productivity shoots up. Constraining time encourages quality time and we have all felt more productive over the workweek. We had thought about offering more flexibility with starting times and to work a ‘normal’ 5 day week however we concluded that this would be possibly distracting for all of us when everyone is coming in and leaving at different times of the day. A full extra day is more rewarding in our opinion. The buzz in the office on a Monday morning is palpable after a 3 day weekend..
Within recruitment a lot also comes down to trusting the team. If you create an environment where results are the only thing that truly matter in performance (Rather than KPI’s, for example), then you can give everyone the autonomy that is needed to get the job done. We ultimately serve both our clients and candidates in everything we do on a day to day basis and a 4 day work week does not mean that we will not be available for important instances when our time is demanded. If our time is required then we make time available but importantly it is the freedom and autonomy to direct our own short lives is what is truly important and to spent more time on the things that truly matter.
Working in Wimbledon in July also has its perks, and here are some of the team enjoying a great day at the championships on their extra day off….
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