One way or another, Labor Day is already behind us, with the last holiday weekend of the summer marking the unofficial end of the hottest season of the year. But it’s not our last three-day weekend of the year, thank goodness. For Qwick workers, it’s not even the last three-day weekend of the month.
Qwick, a recruitment platform for food and drink companies, began testing the increasingly popular four-day working week in April 2022. The company reduced the total number of hours worked each week from 38 to 32. At the time, the company had 200 employees, but soon saw a 230% increase in job applications. Additionally, existing employees reported being happier and more rested for the work day.
“We also see a four-day working week as a way to further support our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging at Qwick. Many of our employees are carers. They leave work at the end of the day to go home. ‘second team'”, CEO Jamie Baxter written in a blog post. “We hope that a four-day working week can ease the stress in the lives of our working parents and help offset rising childcare costs, as well as benefit those caring for them. “other important relationships and responsibilities. This includes the responsibility to take care of ourselves.”
After the success of these trial months, Baxter is extending it until July 2023. While this is great news for Qwick employees, it is also good news for the rest of us. Creating a better work environment, providing better benefits, and establishing a work-life balance is no longer a fringe approach to employment. Qwick is sticking to this four-day working week, even for one more year, part of a growing trend of employers offering the shorter week.
In the UK, 70 companies are testing the four-day working week, and Panasonic is also testing the benefits in Japan.