Today’s episode is going to be a bit different.
From time to time we do episodes about how we do things at AE, for two reasons:
- Going back to the early days of the blog in 2011 and the podcast in 2015, we get a LOT of questions about behind the scenes aspects of running AE
- We are always doing experiments to try to improve the company, be more productive, and have happier team members
You know what they say – “Happy people are productive people”; so we’d like to share what we learn from these experiments with you
A few summers ago we did an experiment: what if we ran the company just 4 days a week throughout the whole summer?
We had a vote and… SURPRISE… The team voted yes. 😂
We’ve done it a few times since, and are midway through another run at it, doing it during December for the first time.
If you’ve ever thought about trying a 4-day work week, we’ll share our lessons and insights with you that can help you decide if it’s right for you.
Perhaps you already do a 4-day work week and want more tips to make it more effective, we got you covered too.
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You can find links to everything that we share in the show notes by going to theproductivityshow.com/382.
- Why did Thanh decide to do an episode on the Four Day Work Week? [4:15]
- Top 3 Productivity Resources [5:10]
- When did the AE Team implement the Four Day Work Week? [7:34]
- How does Thanh feel about employees essentially getting a free day off through Four Day Work Weeks? [12:11]
- What is Labor-Efficiency Ratio? [15:21]
- How does Thanh feel about AE’s first Four Day Work Week experiment in 2020? [19:19]
- Why was AE’s first Four Day Work Week successful? [26:02]
- How do you work a Four Day Work Week around employees that have to work certain hours of the day? [35:19]
- Which is better— using Four Day Work Weeks as a reward/incentive, or implementing them consistently? [38:00]
- What are some things to be aware of when trying out a Four Day Work Week, according to Thanh? [41:08]
- How does Brooks feel the quality of work changed when AE implemented a Four Day Work Week? [45:39]
- Why does AE only do Four Day Work Weeks in the summer and December? Why not all the time? [48:38]
- What are Thanh’s tips for advocating for the Four Day Work Week? [51:46]
- Action step to integrate today’s topic into your life [54:08]
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