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How can I test the 4-day work week in my company?

Finding the perfect work-life balance has become a priority for many entrepreneurs. In this quest, 4-day weeks are emerging as an attractive solution. Not only do they improve the quality of life for employees, they can also boost productivity and job satisfaction.

The 4-day week in Quebec

Having introduced this formula ourselves in our practice, we’d like to give you a few simple tips to help you get started. After all, experience speaks for itself.

1. Analyze your current workload

Deciding to switch to a 4-day work week isn’t as simple as taking a day off. Before taking the plunge, it’s essential to assess your company’s workload. Identify priority tasks and those that can be delegated or automated. This analysis will give you a better understanding of the adjustments needed to move to a shorter work schedule.

2. Involve your employees in the decision-making process

The transition to 4-day weeks must be a collective effort. Involve your employees in the planning and implementation process. Hold meetings to discuss potential benefits and concerns. Their involvement and commitment from the outset will facilitate the transition and encourage buy-in.

3. Adopt time and productivity management tools

With one less working day each week, it’s crucial to optimize the remaining working time. Encourage the use of time and productivity management tools, such as time and task tracking applications, to help employees manage their time more effectively. These tools make it easier to prioritize tasks and stay focused on essential objectives. Then there’s the question of automation. Could certain tasks be carried out automatically? Test it now!

4. Promote flexibility

A shorter working week may require adjustments to schedules. Offer your employees the possibility of working remotely, adopting flexible schedules or implementing compressed working hours. This will enable everyone to find a balance that works best for them, while maintaining productivity and collaboration within the team.

5. Reduce meetings and optimize work processes

Meetings can often be time-consuming and inefficient. To maximize the benefits of a shorter working week, reduce the number of meetings and make sure they are relevant and effective. Also encourage your employees to use internal communication channels for quick, informal exchanges, to reduce the need for frequent meetings.

6. Work 4 days for a while (pilot project)

Making a decision like this requires testing. In fact, once you’re well prepared, we suggest you take the time to set up a test period (pilot project) where you can gather as much information as possible. At the end of this pilot, submit a satisfaction survey to your employees and, why not, to your customers.

Encourage employee well-being

A shorter work week gives employees more time to rest, recharge their batteries and engage in activities that promote their well-being. Encourage them to use this free time for physical activity, spending time with family and friends, or hobbies. Rested employees are motivated employees.

Want to learn more about how well-being is at the heart of our practice at Demers Beaulne? See all the reasons why Demers Beaulne is an employer of choice. Alternatively, take a look at our study on our version of 4 days in 2022. Hope to inspire you!

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