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Backam Group sought to revolutionize its traditional 8-to-5 structure with a 4-Day Work Week, yet in an effort to further improve work/life balance and efficiency ended up settling on a 9-day fortnight.

At BG, we believe that happy employees are productive employees. That’s why we recently decided to implement a 4-day work week for our internal delivery team. In this post, we will share how we made the transition and the benefits we’ve seen since making the switch.

Our decision to implement a 4-day work week was driven by several factors. We wanted to improve work-life balance for our staff, reduce stress levels and boost productivity. We also wanted to attract and retain talent by offering a unique perk that sets us apart from other companies in our industry.

After putting in a trial period where staff worked four days per week, our team found they could not maintain their output on a 4-day work week. Consequently, we chose to implement the 9-day fortnight and were met with an overwhelmingly positive response from our employees. Our goal is now set on getting to the 4-day workweek by end of 2023 – something that would altogether revolutionize how people perceive working life!

We gave staff flexibility in choosing which day of the week they would take off, based on their personal preferences and workload requirements.

To ensure that productivity levels did not suffer during the transition, we provided additional support such as training programs and new technology tools. Technology is what we will be focusing on in the 2nd half to get our team to the elusive 4-day work week.

Increased Productivity
Our staff have been thriving with four-day fortnights, reporting an increased sense of motivation and focus. With the benefit of a bit extra time to relax and recharge during their week off, they remain on track for meeting our 2nd half budget goals!

Improved Work-Life Balance
Staff members have more time for personal pursuits such as hobbies or spending time with family and friends. This has led to reduced stress levels and improved mental health.

Attracting Talent
Offering a 4-day fortnight has helped us attract new talent who value flexibility in their workplace arrangements.

Cost Savings
Although it is still early days since implementing this change, initial analysis shows potential cost savings through reduced utility bills from fewer office hours as well potential savings on employee turnover costs due to increased job satisfaction among employees who enjoy this benefit.

Implementing a 4-day fortnight at BG was not without challenges but overall has been successful so far. It has helped us create happier, healthier employees while maintaining high levels of productivity. We hope that other businesses consider making similar changes in order to create better workplaces for their staff too!