I had lunch with a former employee who recently changed jobs. She loves her new company for a lot of reasons. We lunched on a Friday and she had the day off. She has every other Friday off and I could tell by her smile and energy that she loved it. What a great idea! She works 9 hour days Monday – Thursday to make up for having every other Friday off. But most people work 9 hours anyway, right?
I think this is a splendid idea and thought I would pass it along. I think you should do these kinds of things to help people recharge whenever possible.
What can you do at your workplace to help your employees enjoy their time off more, thereby making them happier at work?
When I worked at Intel, I had a 4 day week and worked 10 hour days as the OD consultant. I had a colleague that worked the same schedule and we overlapped on one day per week. I worked Sunday – Wednesday and she worked Wed-Saturday. Worked well and I always had 3 day weekends (well sometimes I had to come in for a meeting, but not too often). Having 3 day weekends in New Mexico was wonderful because there’s so much to explore.
You know what? I think I am going to institute a 4 day work week after I get back from my 6-week bike trip. I work for myself so I should be able to do this, right? You betcha. It will be tough, I tell ya, because I have an extra gene called the RUA-workaholic gene. I bet many of you have this gene too.
Hmmm… Very intriguing…..I’m going to think on that one and figure out how to do that…..