The founder of an Ontario company that is testing a four-day work week for its employees says she will never go back to work for a full week.
Jamie Savage, CEO and Founder of Toronto-based Recruitment Company lead agency, implemented a four-day full work week for employees in October 2020.
Savage said she saw her employees burn out during the pandemic and wanted to help them improve their quality of life.
“We need to make some changes,” Savage told Granthshala News Toronto on Wednesday. “I thought, why don’t we just do a four-day work week. Let’s give it a try.”
Savage said nine of its employees still receive the same pay and number of vacation days per year.
“The truth is it had an immediate impact on our business,” she said. “The immediate effect was his well-being.”
Savage said his employees were using the extra time to rest, attend fitness classes or even attend therapy sessions.
She said the result was that her employees came to work feeling less overwhelmed and were able to do their jobs more efficiently.
Savage said she understands that many companies are afraid to implement a four-day work week for fear of loss of productivity, but ultimately the benefits outweigh the risks for her company.
She said that her employees are happier, more productive and are not leaving for other companies.
“It’s not necessary for everyone,” she admits, adding that in some industries it will be difficult.
For her company, she says, the benefits of a four-day work week “in the end outweigh everything else.”
“The fact that we’re able to do this means a lot of other companies can. The more we share and talk about it, the more it will help encourage other companies to do the same.”
When asked if Savage would ever consider going back to the traditional five-day work week, his answer is pretty clear.
“Never,” she said. “We are also looking at ways to further enhance the well-being of our employees. I will make it my mission to continue to set us apart from the rest.”
Iceland made news earlier this year after sharing the results of a study in shorter work weeks.
researchers found That working fewer hours per week for equal pay was a “tremendous success”.
Tests run by the Reykjavik City Council and the national government saw a “dramatic” increase in a range of indicators, from perceived stress and burnout to worker health and work-life balance.
The researchers found that productivity and services remained the same or improved in most workplaces.