The Impact of the 4-Day Work Week

The concept of a 4-day work week has gained traction in the last few years as companies seek innovative ways to enhance employee well-being and efficiency. While it may initially seem like a big shift for our team at FSET, the change has proven to be truly transformative.

Feedback from our employees speaks volumes about the positive effects of transitioning to a 4-day work week. They consistently report lower stress levels, improved work-life balance, and increased productivity. Contrary to initial concerns, productivity hasn’t suffered; rather, our team has embraced the change and has been just as productive in the 4-day week. Transitioning into the trial of the 4-day work week has made us a more appealing employer, aiding in talent attraction and retention and creating a more engaged workforce.

Employee testimonials

Connor Fitzpatrick, System Administrator

Connor shares his firsthand experience with the 4-day work week trial. Despite facing challenges in the early stages of the switch, he notes how they clarified what improvements needed to be made within internal processes.

“While it presents its challenges (especially while being such a new thing for us to adapt to), those same challenges often identify pressure points that we hadn’t realized existed. Finding and addressing those pressure points then leads to improved internal processes and benefits us in the long run.”

Connor shares the freedom of having an extra day off, allowing him to pursue various activities, from hiking to socializing or simply unwinding at home. While adapting to the new schedule had its challenges, Connor’s proactive approach, such as setting up recurring out-of-office events and streamlining documentation, has helped to make the transition smoother.

“I highly recommend setting up Out of Office recurring events in your calendar – this helps reduce notifications to you in your off time while making sure others are aware of your unavailability

If someone had to message you on your day off for assistance or guidance, see if the answers or resolution can be effectively documented so that the information is readily available without you, which for us technicians usually means the ticket can be completed that much faster and a user can continue their day.”

As a result of the 4 day work week, Connor feels more energized and focused on Mondays, ready to tackle the week ahead.

Chris Rivington, System Technician

For Chris, the 4-day work week has become an opportunity to spend more time with his daughter, as well as manage household tasks.

“With the extra day off I spend at home with my daughter. Mornings we hang out inside and after her first nap we head outside and explore. It saves money not having to pay someone to watch her and I get to spend more time with her.

Having an extra day off during the week, I can get more done around the house, like yard work and other tasks. The extra day off helps get things off my mind that need to get done.”

For Chris, it is evident that the company’s support for work-life balance has contributed to his overall job satisfaction and well-being.

“I can tell my company cares that my family life is important. If we are happy and rested at home, we will be able to give more energy into the work we do for our customers”

The reduced work week has provided Chris with the chance to pursue hobbies, interests, and volunteer opportunities.

“Having the extra day off gives me more time to build and fly my drones, work on my snowmachine and other small motors.

I am also a volunteer firefighter, so if any opportunities come up, I have more of a chance to be involved and learn more at the fire hall”

Natasha Stoyakovich, Project & Communications Manager

For Natasha, her experience with the 4-day work week highlights its positive impact on work-life balance and mental well-being. The extra time off has allowed her to explore local trails, engage in community events, and embrace all life offers.

“As the 4-Day Work Week pilot progresses, it is becoming more apparent that it isn’t just a perk of providing another day off; it is a strategic investment in productivity and happiness.

There is finally a balance between living and working, I now have more energy and enthusiasm for both and can chase professional goals while finding the time to cherish life’s moments.”

For Natasha, supporting a 4-Day Work Week is not just about condensing tasks into fewer days, it is about reimagining the approach to work altogether.

By focusing not only on tasks but also on improving the systems in place, we can enhance efficiency and productivity. By embracing technologies, streamlining processes, and fostering a culture of innovation, we can empower our team to accomplish more in less time.

This approach not only supports the adoption of a shorter week but of a healthier work-life balance that can boost overall satisfaction and well-being among employees.”

FSET’s Continued Journey with the 4-day work week pilot

Moving forward, we are committed to our 4-day work week pilot and are adjusting based on employee feedback. Weekly internal surveys allow us to remain responsive to evolving needs and preferences, prioritizing productivity and satisfaction while delivering exceptional service to our clients.

Our journey with the 4-day work week trial has been transformative. To organizations considering a similar transition, we offer these insights: prioritize clear communication (internally and externally), embrace adaptability, and commit to continuous improvement. The benefits far outweigh the challenges, making it a worthwhile journey for a healthier and more productive workplace.

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The Impact of the 4-Day Work Week

The concept of a 4-day work week has gained traction in the last few years as companies seek innovative ways to enhance employee well-being and efficiency. While it may initially seem like a big shift for our team at FSET, the change has proven to be truly transformative.

Feedback from our employees speaks volumes about the positive effects of transitioning to a 4-day work week. They consistently report lower stress levels, improved work-life balance, and increased productivity. Contrary to initial concerns, productivity hasn’t suffered; rather, our team has embraced the change and has been just as productive in the 4-day week. Transitioning into the trial of the 4-day work week has made us a more appealing employer, aiding in talent attraction and retention and creating a more engaged workforce.

Employee testimonials

Connor Fitzpatrick, System Administrator

Connor shares his firsthand experience with the 4-day work week trial. Despite facing challenges in the early stages of the switch, he notes how they clarified what improvements needed to be made within internal processes.

“While it presents its challenges (especially while being such a new thing for us to adapt to), those same challenges often identify pressure points that we hadn’t realized existed. Finding and addressing those pressure points then leads to improved internal processes and benefits us in the long run.”

Connor shares the freedom of having an extra day off, allowing him to pursue various activities, from hiking to socializing or simply unwinding at home. While adapting to the new schedule had its challenges, Connor’s proactive approach, such as setting up recurring out-of-office events and streamlining documentation, has helped to make the transition smoother.

“I highly recommend setting up Out of Office recurring events in your calendar – this helps reduce notifications to you in your off time while making sure others are aware of your unavailability

If someone had to message you on your day off for assistance or guidance, see if the answers or resolution can be effectively documented so that the information is readily available without you, which for us technicians usually means the ticket can be completed that much faster and a user can continue their day.”

As a result of the 4 day work week, Connor feels more energized and focused on Mondays, ready to tackle the week ahead.

Chris Rivington, System Technician

For Chris, the 4-day work week has become an opportunity to spend more time with his daughter, as well as manage household tasks.

“With the extra day off I spend at home with my daughter. Mornings we hang out inside and after her first nap we head outside and explore. It saves money not having to pay someone to watch her and I get to spend more time with her.

Having an extra day off during the week, I can get more done around the house, like yard work and other tasks. The extra day off helps get things off my mind that need to get done.”

For Chris, it is evident that the company’s support for work-life balance has contributed to his overall job satisfaction and well-being.

“I can tell my company cares that my family life is important. If we are happy and rested at home, we will be able to give more energy into the work we do for our customers”

The reduced work week has provided Chris with the chance to pursue hobbies, interests, and volunteer opportunities.

“Having the extra day off gives me more time to build and fly my drones, work on my snowmachine and other small motors.

I am also a volunteer firefighter, so if any opportunities come up, I have more of a chance to be involved and learn more at the fire hall”

Natasha Stoyakovich, Project & Communications Manager

For Natasha, her experience with the 4-day work week highlights its positive impact on work-life balance and mental well-being. The extra time off has allowed her to explore local trails, engage in community events, and embrace all life offers.

“As the 4-Day Work Week pilot progresses, it is becoming more apparent that it isn’t just a perk of providing another day off; it is a strategic investment in productivity and happiness.

There is finally a balance between living and working, I now have more energy and enthusiasm for both and can chase professional goals while finding the time to cherish life’s moments.”

For Natasha, supporting a 4-Day Work Week is not just about condensing tasks into fewer days, it is about reimagining the approach to work altogether.

By focusing not only on tasks but also on improving the systems in place, we can enhance efficiency and productivity. By embracing technologies, streamlining processes, and fostering a culture of innovation, we can empower our team to accomplish more in less time.

This approach not only supports the adoption of a shorter week but of a healthier work-life balance that can boost overall satisfaction and well-being among employees.”

FSET’s Continued Journey with the 4-day work week pilot

Moving forward, we are committed to our 4-day work week pilot and are adjusting based on employee feedback. Weekly internal surveys allow us to remain responsive to evolving needs and preferences, prioritizing productivity and satisfaction while delivering exceptional service to our clients.

Our journey with the 4-day work week trial has been transformative. To organizations considering a similar transition, we offer these insights: prioritize clear communication (internally and externally), embrace adaptability, and commit to continuous improvement. The benefits far outweigh the challenges, making it a worthwhile journey for a healthier and more productive workplace.