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4 day work weeks – sign me up

the guys over at 37 signals experimented with the 4 day work week, 3 day weekend last summer and have since made it the standard. I think this snippet sums up the logistics of their thinking:

Three-day weekends mean people come back extra refreshed on Monday. Three-day weekends mean people come back happier on Monday. Three-day weekends mean people actually work harder and more efficiently during the four-day work week.

I imagine this sort’ve setup, however dreamy as it is, probably does not work as well as hoped especially as an organization grows. 37S is pretty small (~10?) and nearly no central office anyway, so great for them.

it all goes back to how do we fairly & accurately quantify “work-done / day” anyway? especially when it comes to creative production – sure, just about anybody can say “yes it is done” but only the author/artist/developer/etc can truly say when and how much “progress” is made. quantifying based on things like lines of code, strokes of a brush, or words written are obviously flawed.

I digress; I want 4 day work-weeks too. upon hire, I requested 4 in-office work days, 1 at home work day (wednesday, or friday) … still gunning for that on a certainty weekly basis. I know how much work I could get done, it’s the (employeer) trust issue that’s generally at stake.

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