My company has had success with a 4-day work week. Here are 6 lessons we’d share with other businesses considering it.

Tyler Grange managing director Simon Ursell, pictured third from left, says employees, seen here, have taken up new hobbies with their extra day off.

Earlier this year, more than 70 companies in the UK began one of the largest-ever trials of a 4-day work week.
Simon Ursell is managing director at one of the participating firms, an environmental consultancy called Tyler Grange. He says the schedule has helped workers be happier and less stressed without losing productivity.
Here, Ursell shares several key lessons he’d tell other companies considering a shortened work week.

This as-told-to essay is based on remarks from Simon Ursell, managing director of environmental consultancy Tyler Grange, which is one of more than 70 companies in the UK that began a trial of a 4-day work week this summer. It has been edited for length and clarity.

1. Preparation is vital

We started talking about a four-day week more than four years ago. During that time, we did a great deal of work and made significant investment in technology and systems to ensure we were ready long before we went live. 

We also spoke to companies that were doing a four-day week and took their advice. For six months or so before starting the trial, we made our Fridays less busy to streamline the transition and prepare us and our clients. 

The four-day week isn’t a compressed work schedule but rather reduced hours, with the objective of being more productive, happier, and more focused. This just can’t be switched on overnight. 

2. Talk to your clients

We talked to our clients about how we were preparing and what it would mean for them. 

The most common concern was ‘What if we need you on a Friday?’ but, otherwise, their response was overwhelmingly positive.

We set up an emergency phone line that’s manned by one of …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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