Flexible working is here to stay and we’re continually looking at how we can further improve the well-being of our team. Thats why, in 2022, we embarked on a trial of a four-day working week — a decision motivated by our desire to promote a healthier work-life balance and provide accessible opportunities for personal growth and development.
Coincidentally, our independent trial happened to align with a nationwide government scheme where thousands of other workers also embraced the four-day week. The emerging results from this scheme have been incredibly promising, with approximately 80% of participants reporting that their productivity remained as high, if not higher, than during the traditional five-day workweek.
The transition to a shorter workweek requires planning to ensure we’re maintaining the same work output and levels of productivity. As not everyone works a four day week, it’s also essential to ensure we're communicating with our clients so that feedback is received and goals are met within an agreed project timeline.
All these things considered, we believe that providing a healthier work-life balance fosters a happier and more fulfilled team. Increased job satisfaction and reduced stress levels are proven to contribute to improved mental health and overall well-being, which, in turn, positively impact creativity and productivity.
For now, we’re confident we can continue with the four-day week as our standard practice. As a regular week, we work Monday — Thursday. On the Friday, Engine team members are encouraged to pursue activities or interests that interest them or simply enjoy a day of rest and rejuvenation.