Lessons from adopting a four-day work week

I love these five lessons that Wildbit has learned from adopting a four-day work week. My favorite is how the fifth day has made space for problem solving.

There’s something unique about the fifth day being a quiet day. You can ruminate on problems in the back of your mind while you’re working on the deck or walking around the city or taking your kids on a camping trip. That can be hard when you work Monday through Friday, then become a weekend warrior. With the additional day off, we invariably spend time thinking about work problems. When Monday rolls around, we have so many things that we want to get started. It creates additional energy and momentum for the team.

Wildbit knows that “pursuing relentless growth at all costs isn’t a sustainable way to build businesses or help people find meaning in their work.”

Today, Wildbit, creators of People-First Jobs, is celebrating 20 years of putting people first. In this video, they share their thoughts on the future of business and ask some great questions.

What sort of workplace are you creating that gives space for people to have a whole life, and bring their whole self to work?

We shouldn’t judge success of business, just based on the fact that it can create more jobs … if the jobs are crap or if the impact of the business is bad on the world, then is that still success just because it creates jobs?