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Productivity - Tue Dec 7 2021

4-day Workweek? It's Possible, we are Implementing it

At Nexton we believe that we can get more work done at a higher quality in a 4-day workweek. We want our people to work smarter not longer —building goals, prioritizing, and reducing meeting time. This means a shift away from focusing on time to focusing on output. We don’t want our team to sit in front of the screen 40 hours a week, we want them to contribute to our purpose. In the end, that's what really matters. 

With a 4-day workweek, we will have more energy and become more productive. Spending good time with family and friends, connecting with our passions, and finding new hobbies, will help free our minds and come back refreshed. 

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What are we doing?

We will conduct a pilot test to try out a 4-day workweek. Between December 1st, 2021, and January 31st, 2022, we will work 4 days per week instead of 5. 

The payment will stay the same as well as the quality of our work. We’re about the 100-80-100 model: 100% of the pay, 80% of the time, in return for delivering 100% productivity.

If the trial works, we’ll make it a permanent company policy. If it doesn’t work, we’ll return to 5-day workweeks of 40 hours. 

How are we doing this?

We will give our team Fridays off. For those areas that provide support and service to our customers, we will implement a rotation system so that we can ensure coverage for the whole week. In this way, Account Management and Customer Operations teams will alternate Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays off. That way, all of our teams get to enjoy a shorter work week without sacrificing the service we provide. 

How are we going to measure results?

To determine how successful this experiment turns out, we will measure our team's performance, the impact it had on their lives, and the impact it had on our clients. This will be done in the following way:

  • Feedback Surveys to better understand how the 4-day workweek impacted our team.
  • Conversations with clients to understand the impact our 4-day workweek had on them.
  • Goal setting aligned with the team’s OKRs to evaluate our performance against those objectives and key results.

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What Best Practices are we Recommending to our Team?

We want this trial to be successful, that's why we gave our team a series of best practices to make the most of their shorter week.

  • Learn to say no: Identify meetings in which your presence is not necessary or valuable and communicate ahead that you would skip it so you could focus on your weekly goals. 
  • Set meetings only when necessary: Our time is valuable and learning to make conscious use of it will be the greatest challenge of the 4-day week trial.

Sometimes, we tend to schedule a meeting without asking ourselves if it’s really necessary and they turn out to be time-consuming. Before scheduling a meeting ask yourself: What is the goal? Does this conversation need to happen in real-time? 

  • Audit your calendar: Identify meetings that could be shortened or eliminated. The fewer meetings you have, the better
  • Optimize meeting time: We are all making a great effort to optimize our work time and meet our weekly goals in 4 days instead of 5. When leading a meeting, prepare a clear agenda and share it with the participants in advance. If you expect the participants to be up-to-date with the topic you will go through during the meeting, make sure to share all the material in advance.

We can't wait to share the results of this 4-day workweek. We know it will have a great impact on our team's life quality and enable us to be more efficient and productive in the short term. 

 

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