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73 Companies With 4-day Workweeks

73 Companies With 4-day Workweeks

This 4-day workweek company database was originally published on October 26, 2021, and is regularly updated for accuracy and detail. If you notice a company missing from this page, please let us know via [email protected]!


Many companies are choosing to put the well-being of their employees first by allowing them to work four days instead of five, giving their teams three days weekends.

Some companies are even going as far as reducing hours without reducing pay. The most interesting part is that many companies are getting the same amount of work done with the reduced hours due to increased efficiency when working.

It's a classic example of Parkinson's Law, when you work 40 hours a week, you find ways to fill those 40 hours. While this may seem like a radical idea, it's not the first time society has changed the number of hours worked.

During the Industrial Revolution, factory workers commonly worked 80-100 hours per week. It wasn't until 1926 when Henry Ford popularized the 40-hour workweek. Ford found that working more yielded only a small increase in productivity that lasted a short period of time, so he reduced hours for Ford Motor Company employees who began working five, eight-hour days without a decrease in pay.

Reducing hours without reducing pay can also yield substantial savings on recruitment expenses and overtime pay.

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And it's not just companies that are experimenting with the four-day workweek. Iceland did several large-scale trials of a four-day workweek between 2015 and 2019 and found it was an "overwhelming success." The trials' key findings showed that a shorter week translated to increased well-being of employees among a range of indicators: from stress and burnout to health and work-life balance.

Spain has followed suit and launched a pilot in September 2021 which will last three years and use 50 million euros in European Union funding to compensate an estimated 200 companies for reducing their employees' workweek to 32 hours without cutting salary.

As has Scotland, which plans to launch a trial four-day 32-hour workweek where workers will have their hours reduced by 20% but won't suffer any loss in compensation.

Below are all the companies that have four-day workweeks on a permanent, seasonal, or trial basis. We'll keep this list updated every time we've notified about a new company, just shoot us an email at [email protected]!

Companies with permanent 4 day workweeks

3D Issue

3D Issue

3D Issue was founded in 2007 and has grown organically with no outside funding or investment. It creates digital publishing software to help you transform static PDFs into stunning HTML5 digital publications, centralize your social content, and even build your own iOS/Android App.

Paul McNulty, CEO of 3D Issue, offered the entire 3D Issue team the option of a 20% pay rise or a four-day working week and everyone opted for the shorter week over increased pay, so they decided to permanently switch to the four-day workweek.

Abstract

Abstract

Abstract is a design workflow platform for teams to version, manage, and collaborate. Their mission is to dramatically improve productivity, transparency, and impact of design.

Abstract is a remote first company with team members all over the US. Their version of the four-day workweek includes alternating four-day weekends. With more time to spend with friends and family, they've seen an improvement in work/life balance, increased productivity, more flexibility, and reduced burnout.

Learn about Abstract, Abstract's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Abstract.

Administrate

Administrate

Administrate is a Scottish tech company that has operated on a four-day, 32-hour workweek since 2015. Their software is designed to manage enterprise training operations and level up your training program.

A big inspiration for Administrate founder John Peebles was his time growing up in China, which switched from a six-day to a five-day working week in 1995 with no loss in productivity.

"We found productivity to be unchanged - if not slightly improved - after implementing the four-day workweek," Peebles said. "Our goal is to build a company that brings success to our customers, team, and investors, and we believe that sustainable work habits are a key piece of that, hence the desire to make sure that our team has a balance between work and the rest of their life. We still work incredibly hard - and smart - but only for 32 hours!"

Learn more about Administrate, Administrate's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Administrate.

Arken.legal

Arken.legal

Arken.legal builds will writing software for professionals and has created over 6 million wills for private client solicitors, will writers, accountants, trust companies, and other legal service providers globally.

In October 2020, Arken.legal switched to a four-day workweek where all full-time employees have Fridays off with the exception of two staff who take a different day to ensure cover (they have Mondays off instead). 81% of employees are more likely to stay at Arken.legal now the 4-day week has been introduced.

Awin

Awin

After a successful 6 month 4.5 day workweek pilot, Global affiliate network Awin announced that its entire workforce would move to a 4-day workweek with no reduction in salaries or client and partnership service level agreements.

Adam Ross, Awin's COO said:

The 4-day week is the culmination of this and offers Awin staff the opportunity to spend time with family, focus on a passion or engage in additional learning so that the time they do spend at work is the most productive it can be. Using a mixture of technology, teams in multiple time zones and an agile mentality we will do this while maintaining our usual service.
Bit.io

Bit.io

Bit.io is a U.S. based early-stage, well-funded startup that's remote-first. They're outcome-oriented, scientific, curious, respectful, resilient, and inclusive. Self-described as "the modern way to work with data", bit.io is building a zero-config, scalable cloud database with the social and community features of GitHub.

Bit.io has done 4-day x 8-hour days workweeks since they were founded in 2019.

Learn more about bit.io, bit.io's tech stack, or find remote jobs at bit.io.

Bolt

Bolt

Bolt is a $4 billion fintech company and the first tech unicorn to officially shift to a 4 day workweek. Bolt is on a mission to democratize commerce by setting a new standard for buying and selling online. Bolt-powered experiences level the commerce playing field to help retailers of all sizes sell more, grow faster, and be in control of their own destiny.

Ryan Breslow, Founder and CEO of Bolt said that the reason they moved to the 4 day workweek was so the team could "work like a lion, not a cow." Bolt has seen increased productivity and lower stress levels from workers despite reduced hours.

Learn more about Bolt, Bolt's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Bolt.

Boulder County, CO

Boulder County, CO

The Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's office moved to a four-day workweek with expanded hours Monday through Thursday following a successful four-month pilot program that tested the new operating days and hours.

Under the new schedule, most employees will work four 10 hour days instead of five 8 hour days.

Buffer

Buffer

Buffer is an intuitive, streamlined social media management platform trusted by brands, businesses, agencies, and individuals to help drive meaningful engagement and results on social media.

Buffer started trialing the four-day workweek in April 2020 and announced in February 2021 that they would be continuing four-day workweeks for the foreseeable future as the shorter workweeks gave employees a better work-life balance.

Learn more about Buffer, Buffer's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Buffer.

Calibre

Calibre

Calibre creates software for automated page speed testing, reporting, alerting, and monitoring. It's all-in-one web performance monitoring for professional teams.

Calibre first adopted a four-day workweek in May 2020 as an experimental response to the worsening COVID pandemic. The first experiment lasted five months and ended in November 2020. In June 2021, the company decided to move to a four-day workweek permanently.

Learn more about Calibre, Calibre's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Calibre.

Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs helps organizations of all sizes–from single-person startups to multinational enterprises–manage their data seamlessly. CockroachDB is cloud-native, open-source, and is designed to make it easier for companies to build and scale apps.

Their version of the 4 day workweek is called: "Free Fridays". Free Fridays are meant to be a new kind of day that breaks the simple dichotomy most of us have lived our entire lives. They’re neither strictly for working nor strictly the start of the weekend. Waking up on a Friday as an employee at Cockroach Labs should feel a lot more like that special Saturday morning realization that you don’t have to rush into the daily grind.

Learn more about Cockroach Labs, Coachroach Labs' tech stack, or find remote jobs at Cockroach Labs.

Dassana

Dassana

Dassana is an open-source cloud security company on a mission to fix alert noise. They ingest any alert from any vendor then automatically contextualize and prioritize it.

They've embraced a four-day workweek and are only in the office Monday through Thursday. They'd rather you come 100% for all four days and get some solid R&R rather than spending your weekend catching up on adulting.

Delivery Native

Delivery Native

Delivery Native is an early-stage startup building the future of restaurant SaaS. They've built cloud technology to scale restaurant operations and provide a modern online ordering experience and safe delivery and pick up.

They're remote first and offer the option to work four or five days per week so you can choose the level of work-life balance that works for you.

Learn more about Delivery Native, Delivery Native's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Delivery Native.

diesdas.digital

diesdas.digital

diesdas.digital is a creative studio of ~25 people in Berlin-Kreuzberg. They work on digital projects branding from digital product development to brand strategy.

diesdas.digital has no core working hours, which means you can work whenever you want and take breaks how you see fit, as long as your immediate team is fine with it and at the end of the week it all adds up to 38 hours (if you work five days) or 32 hours (if you work four days).

Learn more about diesdas.digital, diesdas.digital's tech stack, and find remote jobs at diesdas.digital.

eFileCabinet

eFileCabinet

eFileCabinet is focused on helping businesses of any size to improve their productivity and profitability by reducing paper within their operations and streamlining their work processes.

They believe everyone needs a break, so their hours of operations are Monday-Thursday. The team enjoys three-day weekends!

Learn more about eFileCabinet, eFileCabinet's tech stack, and find remote jobs at EFileCabinet.

Eidos-Montréal

Eidos-Montréal

Eidos-Montréal is a gaming studio focused on creating immersive and captivating experiences. As part of the Square Enix group, they have worked on a variety of iconic IPs, including Deus Ex, Thief, Tomb Raider, Marvel’s Avengers, and more.

David Anfossi, Head of Studio, announced their move to a 4-day week for all employees in a blog post. There is no change to working conditions nor salaries of employees.

Elephant Ventures

Elephant Ventures

Elephant Ventures is a software and data engineering company that has a compressed workweek. Employees are expected to work 10-hour workdays, Monday through Thursday.

"Fridays we are off and we are trying to encourage pencils down, no emails or Slack. We want to really hold the time open," said President and Founder Art Shectman.

G2i

G2i

G2i stands for Good News to the Internet and they're on a mission to be an uplifting force in the tech industry by matching healthy remote developers with healthy engineering teams. Their vision is for the hiring process to be simple, trustworthy, and enjoyable for both companies and engineers.

Gabe Greenberg, CEO and founder of G2i announced on Twitter that they had moved to a 32-hour workweek on September 10, 2021.

Learn more about G2i, G2i's tech stack, or find remote jobs at G2i.

Galt Pharmaceuticals

Galt Pharmaceuticals

Galt is a pharmaceutical company based in the United States that has found a better way to enhance the quality of life of patients with products that meet unmet clinical needs while creating life-changing opportunities for entrepreneurs, our employees, and the individuals within the communities they serve.

Barry Patel, CEO and co-founder of Galt, announced on LinkedIn that they would be moving to a 4 day workweek giving employees an extra day to recharge:

"We understand that life is work, but work doesn’t always have to consume life…And time is needed to recharge batteries and dedicate to the self and family."
Grounded Packaging

Grounded Packaging

Grounded Packing is on a mission to make sustainable packaging simple. Their packaging solutions help businesses in APAC, North America, and Europe move towards a circular economy, reduce their carbon footprint, and build a more sustainable future for the world.

Grounded work a 4.5 day working week and finish early on Fridays, grab lunch together, and welcome the weekend early.

ICE Group

ICE Group

ICE Group is an Irish company that specializes in installation operation, repair and maintenance of large commercial and industrial cooling systems, heating systems, boiler systems, and building control systems.

Margaret Cox, Director of ICE Group, said:

"People work Monday-Thursday and they're off for a three day weekend, or they work Tuesday-Friday and they're off for a three day weekend. That's what works for us."
InDebted

InDebted

InDebted is an Australia-based debt-collection startup that leverages machine learning to understand consumer preferences for servicing overdue accounts. They couple this with an exceptional customer experience to enable their clients to better support the financial wellbeing of their customers.

InDebted announced on September 15, 2021 that they would move to a four-day workweek (4DWW) after 5 years of operation while also ensuring their customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Learn more about InDebted, InDebted's tech stack, or find remote jobs at InDebted.

JAYU

JAYU

JAYU is a Toronto-based organization that strives to tell human rights stories through the arts. Gilad Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of JAYU said in a tweet:

"We recently completed a study and found that 86% of our team's mental health improved while 100% noted they had more work-life balance as a result of shifting to a 4-day workweek"
Maaemo

Maaemo

Maaemo is a three Michelin star restaurant located in Dronning Eufemias gate in Oslo, Norway. After implementing a four-day workweek and seeing success, they decided to take it further. Maaemo staff work only three days per week despite working about 45 hours.

Mizuho Financial Group

Mizuho Financial Group

Mizuho Financial Group is Japan's third-largest lender by assets and is giving its 45,000 employees the option to work three or four days per week as it seeks to boost flexibility during the COVID pandemic.

Under the new system, employees who work three days would get 60% of their current salary and those who opt for four days would earn 80% of their income. Employees can still opt to stick to five working days.

Monograph

Monograph

Monograph is a San Francisco-based software company that has been working a four-day workweek since it was founded.

Robert Yuen, a co-founder of Monograph, wrote in Fast Company that he has "found that giving my employees the option to take a “mid-weekend,” as we’ve come to call it, provides them with a much-needed day off in the middle of the week to rest and recuperate—not only to power through the rest of their tasks, but also to keep their mental strength high when in deep-focus mode."

Learn more about Monograph, Monograph's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Monograph.

Morrisons

Morrisons

Morrisons is the fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom and is headquartered in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Morrisons has introduced a four-day working week for its 1,500 staff at their head office.

Staff reduced their weekly hours from 40 to 37.5, working 9 instead of 8 hours a day over four days. However, they also have to do a six-hour shift one Saturday a month.

MRL Consulting Group

MRL Consulting Group

MRL Consulting Group is a global specialist recruitment firm for niche high technology and financial markets that started trialing a 4-day working week as of 13 May 2019. The trial ran for 6 months and became permanent thereafter.

There was no alteration to compensation or benefits for any employees. David Stone, CEO, wrote:

"Happier staff are generally more focused, work harder and suffer less illness and absenteeism, and as there are fewer working days in the office they will be much more efficient with their time, therefore subsequently increasing both output and productivity."
Nectafy

Nectafy

Nectafy is a growth content company that helps their B2B clients attract leads with content that they are proud of. Nectafy started with a half-day Fridays and a 36-hour workweek.

In early 2020, Nectafy decided to lop off Fridays and give staff a permanent three-day weekend. After more than a year on a four-day workweek, productivity and profitability were similar.

PDQ.com

PDQ.com

PDQ.com (formerly Admin Arsenal) is a Salt Lake City-based company that came into existence after the founders spent their professional lives supporting IBM Tivoli Framework and Microsoft SCCM for very large organizations (10,000+ systems).

PDQ.com believes in true work-life balance which is one of the reasons they operate on a 4-day, 36-hour workweek.  

Perpetual Guardian

Perpetual Guardian

Perpetual Guardian is a New Zealand company that started trailing a four-day working week in March 2018. Academics who studied the trial found the staff at the firm's offices reported lower stress levels, higher levels of job satisfaction, and an improved sense of work-life balance.

Perpetual Guardian's founder, Andrew Barnes, told The Guardian:

“For us, this is about our company getting improved productivity from greater workplace efficiencies … there’s no downside for us."
Piktochart

Piktochart

Piktochart is a web-based infographic, presentation, and report tool that lets users without intensive experience as graphic designers create good visuals.

Ai Ching Goh, CEO of Piktochart, announced on October 13, 2020 that they would begin experimenting with a 4-day workweek in Q4 2020. They have since made it permanent to give staff longer weekends to spend on learning or enjoying time with loved ones.

Learn more about Piktochart, Piktochart's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Piktochart.

Practice Pal

Practice Pal

Practice Pal is an innovative remote video app helping music learners of all ages to pick up their instruments and get practicing. Rehearsing for lessons, exams, and music groups have been transformed with the Practice Pal app – students are mentored by professional musicians who listen in, watch your technique, give live feedback and send a report with advice and tips after each session.

Radioactive PR

Radioactive PR

Radioactive PR is a full-service PR agency, founded in 2014. Rich Leigh, founder, and director of Radioactive PR, announced in 2018 that the company would be moving to a 4-day workweek without cutting pay.

A year after going 4-day, same pay, the company saw its turnover increase by 69.4% and gross and net profit stay more or less the same.

Reboot

Reboot

Reboot is an SEO company that announced the move to a four day week on August 12, 2021 following a 702% increase in results and output. The team will retain the same daily working hours between Monday to Thursday and will not have to pick up any additional hours to compensate for the Friday off.

They also will not be amending employees salary. The shorter working hours will not affect pay.

Shape

Shape

Shape builds software to help manage construction projects. The team is primarily spread across the UK and Portugal but work completely remotely. Their primary focus is not to build a product, but to build a community that enables a fulfilled life, whatever your meaning is.

Shape operates on a 4 day week (32 hours) to give the team more work-life balance.

Learn more about Shape, Shape's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Shape.

Software DELSOL

Software DELSOL

Software DELSOL is a Spanish company based in Jaén, a city in southern Spain. It was the first company in Spain to introduce the 4-day workweek for its 181 employees without any loss in income.

They found they were able to reduce the number of absences by 28 percent compared to 2019 and turnover increased by 30 percent.

Standard Notes

Standard Notes

Standard Notes builds an end-to-end encrypted note-taking application for digitalists and professionals. They offer a flexible schedule where you can design your schedule however you like as long as you work a 32-hour workweek.

Stora

Stora

Stora is the "Shopify of Self Storage", their software helps self storage operators run their business online. It has a back office where operators can manage the business and a storefront they can customize to market and sell, and a customer portal for people to manage bookings.

Stora operates on a 4-day workweek, is remote-first by design, and supports flexible working hours.

Learn more about Stora, Stora's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Stora.

Target Publishing

Target Publishing

Target Publishing is a leading publisher that was established in 2000. Its natural health, integrative health, sport, and education content is read by millions of people each month.

David Cann, Managing Director, explained their move to the four-day working week, without any reduction in pay:

“Lockdown highlighted the importance of time with family. That’s why we’ve started a new four-day working week – without any reduction in pay – to help support our employees' mental health, well-being and give them a healthier work-life balance.”
The Ecomm Manager

The Ecomm Manager

The Ecomm Manager is a trusted resource for eCommerce industry professionals looking to up-skill and find ways to work smarter. The firm introduced a 4-day workweek to let employees enjoy more time off while still earning a full salary.

The Wanderlust Group

The Wanderlust Group

The Wanderlust Group is an outdoor technology company composed of Dockwa, Marinas.com, and Campouts.com that was founded in 2014. They believe the world is a better place when people are able to spend time outdoors, connect to nature and each other.

So it's probably not surprising that they believe in the value of time spent away from screens. They ask their team to be offline on Monday. They also don't limit vacation days.

Learn more about The Wanderlust Group, The Wanderlust Group's tech stack, or find remote jobs at The Wanderlust Group.

Think Productive

Think Productive

Think Productive is a UK-based company that has been working a 4 day week (4DW) since November 2011. At the time, they were one of only a handful of companies in the world who ditched the 5-day workweek in favor of a permanent 3-day weekend.

At the time, they ran a 1 month trial that measured productivity and stress levels via staff survey and found that they basically got the same amount done but were just much happier.

Tower

Tower

Over 100,000 developers and designers use Tower's Git client to be more productive. They're passionate about remote work and flexibility, so they allow people to choose whether they want to work a 4-day week. Employees are encouraged to pursue a life beyond work and most of the team have kids.

Learn more about Tower, Tower's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Tower.

Tuple

Tuple

Tuple build the best remote pair programming app for macOS. They believe that developers deserve better than generic screen sharing. It gives mouse and keyboard control to both parties. Handing off control takes one click, so you never need to dictate what you want your pair to do.

While not strictly a four-day workweek company, Tuple are open to people working four days if they want to.

Learn more about Tuple, Tuple's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Tuple.

Uncharted

Uncharted

Uncharted is a social impact accelerator that supports early-stage solutions addressing economic inequality in America. Before Uncharted instituted a four-day workweek, co-founder and CEO Banks Benitez and his team had to figure out how to adopt it by reimagining work norms.

Benitz told CNBC: "there are many parts of the workweek that are just a waste of time...it's been a great forcing function for us to think different."

Unito

Unito

Unito is a no-code integration platform that helps you connect apps and automate workflows. Its deep, bidirectional flows cover more use cases, sync more fields, and update in real-time.

Unito has an optional four-day week which gives employees 80% of their salary and benefits while retaining full health coverage.

Uplift

Uplift

Uplift's mission is to perfect your work life while learning, building, and enjoying your free time. They're a fully remote workforce and have been doing software development and design for a long time.

They're completely bootstrapped and open to all working schedules (e.g. 4-day workweek, 20 hours per week, etc.)

Learn more about Uplift, Uplift's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Uplift.

UsabilityHub

UsabilityHub

UsabilityHub is a remote user research platform that helps take the guesswork out of design decisions by validating them with real users. One of their values is to do more with less, so they're comfortable making compromises where needed and they prefer to work on a few great things over many mediocre ones.

UsabilityHub supports a flexible work schedule that allows employees to choose between a 5-, 4.5-, or 4-day workweek.

Learn more about UsabilityHub, UsabilityHub's tech stack, or find remote jobs at UsabilityHub.

Volt Athletics

Volt Athletics

Volt Athletics is on a mission to take the guesswork out of fitness. They believe everyone deserves access to amazing training, so they want to make world-class, research-based workouts accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Volt switched to a compressed four-day workweek in 2020 with Friday as a flex day, meaning employees can use the day however they wish. This could be relaxing, going for a hike, hanging with friends and family, working on projects, catching up on emails, or anything else. All they ask is that employees maintain productivity.

Learn more about Volt Athletics, Volt Athletics' tech stack, or find remote jobs at Volt Athletics.

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle builds products and creates content that transforms every step of the candidate and employee experience. They've been working a four-day week since 2019 after five months of testing it out.

After the trial ended, the company decided to implement the four-day week without impacting salaries.

Learn more about Welcome to the Jungle, Welcome to the Jungle's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Welcome to the Jungle.

Wildbit

Wildbit

Wildbit is a software company behind DMARC Digests, People-First Jobs, Postmark, and Beanstalk. They're committed to proving you can grow a profitable company while prioritizing people first.

Wildbit has been working a 32 hour, 4-day workweek since 2017.

Learn more about Wildbit, Wildbit's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Wildbit.

Wonderlic

Wonderlic

Wonderlic builds software that leverages cognitive ability, personality, and motivation assessments to accurately help employers figure out the best applicants for their advertised positions with the goal of minimizing bias within the hiring process.

After a successful 12-week summer trial period, Wonderlic has officially moved to a 32-hour, four-day workweek.

Learn more about Wonderlic, Wonderlic's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Wonderlic.

YWCA Scotland

YWCA Scotland

YWCA Scotland is a feminist organization and part of a worldwide movement of women leading change. Their vision is a world where every woman can shape their own life journey and fulfill her potential, where the voices of women are heard, respected, and celebrated.

YWCA Scotland moved to a 4-day working week following their own Status of Young Women in Scotland 2020-2021 report which revealed that 16-30 year old women across Scotland recognized the importance of a healthier work-life balance, and the specific need for flexible working patterns to ensure a more accessible labor market for women at all stages of their careers.

Companies with seasonal four-day workweeks

Basecamp

Basecamp

Basecamp builds an all-in-one toolkit for working remotely. For more than two decades, Basecamp has been proving that you don't need to be a big company to have a big impact. Their team created Ruby on Rails, wrote a number of influential and NYT best-selling books, and has been pioneers of remote work well before it was in vogue.

During summer, Basecamp has four-day workweeks, aka 'summer hours'. Summer hours are in effect from May 1 through August 31 each year.

Learn more about Basecamp, Basecamp's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Basecamp.

MINIMAL

MINIMAL

MINIMAL is a Chicago-based design firm that was founded in 2007 by Scott Wilson, former Nike Global Design Director and one of TIME magazine's and Fast Company's Most Influential Designers. MINIMAL is compromised of an eclectic team of designers, storytellers, strategists, developers, and engineers who have worked at industry-leading companies like IDEO, Nike, Motorola, Leo Burnett, Fallon, and Abbott.

Wilson implemented a seasonal 4-day workweek in 2020 for "emotional and mental wellness". In Chicago, winters are long and summers are short, so a longer weekend gave people time to get out and really unplug.

Shopify

Shopify

Shopify is the leading omnichannel commerce platform. Business owners can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops.

Amid the COVID pandemic in 2020, Shopify reduced hours to 32 per week for summer and switched to a four-day workweek. They also have no meeting Wednesdays which is a great way to find long hours of uninterrupted time for deep work.

Learn more about Shopify, Shopify's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Shopify.

Companies trialing a 4-day workweek

Bunny Studio

Bunny Studio

Bunny Studio is an end-to-end platform that lets you hire freelance for your creative projects. It's trusted by companies like SONOS, Airbnb, Atlassian, Disney, Adswizz, and Hotjar.

On August 25, 2020 Maika Hoekman, Head of People Operations, said that Bunny Studio would test a shortened workweek as of August 13, 2021 they continue to experiment with the four-day workweek.

Learn more about Bunny Studio, Bunny Studio's tech stack, or find remote jobs at Bunny Studio.

City of Morgantown, WV

City of Morgantown, WV

Morgantown announced on July 5, 2020 that a large majority of workers employed by the city would begin working four days per week. The workweek would be Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Rather than reducing hours, the city opted to have employees work 40 hours in four days. The idea behind the move was that it would allow departments to operate earlier and later, so residents could come in before or after work, rather than taking time out from work.

DNSFilter

DNSFilter

DNSFilter provides industry-leading DNS threat protection and content filtering. Asim Baksh, People Operations Lead at DNSFilter wrote:

"We have been fully remote since our inception, have championed innovative benefits like continuing education and home office build-outs, and we practice virtually total transparency with our internal team. We believe this investment in our culture has been a key to our success, but it requires constant evaluation to ensure we’re providing the best environment for our employees to succeed.

That’s why when Iceland ran a 4-day workweek trial, we decided to follow suit."

Their four-day workweek is a little different, they rotate two groups who have each Friday off. This allows them to maintain full customer support and incident response coverage while giving everybody at least two 3-day-weekends per month.

Learn more about DNSFilter, DNSFilter's tech stack, or find remote jobs at DNSFilter.

Edify

Edify

Edify connects businesses with customers and employees with each other. They have a remote work policy, social action committee, and fully pay employee health care premiums, and offer unlimited PTO.

That's why they've decided to pilot the 4-Day Workweek. Under the pilot, each department's commitments will stay the same and the customer success team will continue to support customers 24/7 with each member of that team working an alternative four-day schedule.

Fifth Tribe

Fifth Tribe

Fifth Tribe is a D.C.-based digital agency that specializes in product design, web and mobile development, and digital marketing. The team works a nine-day work bi-week. Half the team has one Friday off, and the other half has the next off.

When asked whether it would be permanent or not, CEO Khuram Zaman said:

"In terms of whether it’s indefinite or not: We had initially conceived of it as just being a two-month test in the summer but everyone liked it. I think right now we’re doing it on a quarter-by-quarter basis. I think once we return to a semblance of normalcy, we might just keep it with the summer. However, right now, the cognitive overload is high and having an extra day off every other week is helpful."
GooseChase

GooseChase

GooseChase is an online platform that helps you run real-world scavenger hunts. They think the world needs more fun, so we built GooseChase for people to create engaging, goofy, and out-of-the-ordinary experiences to be enjoyed from anywhere.

GooseChase started experimenting with a 32 hour week in June 2021 and announced in September 2021 that they are very likely to continue working 4 days per week permanently.

Learn more about GooseChase, GooseChase's tech stack, or find remote jobs at GooseChase.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a New York-based crowdfunding platform that announced it would pilot a four-day workweek. Despite the reduced hours, workers will still receive the same pay.

“I fundamentally believe that something like this would allow us to be more potent as a group,” Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan said.

“It’s really about — if our time and attention are focused as best as it can be in those four days — can we have a more potent impact on the things that we care about from a professional standpoint, so that it opens up so much more range for us personally?”

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Microsoft Japan

Microsoft Japan

Microsoft Japan trialed a four-day workweek in 2019 and found that it increased productivity by 40%. Employees continue to receive their normal, five-day paycheck.

Because of the shorter workweek, the company also put its meetings on a diet. The standard duration for a meeting went from 60 to 30 minutes and capped attendance at five employees. It also urged people to use asynchronous communication channels instead of "wasteful" emails and meetings.

Praytell

Praytell

Praytell, a creative communications agency that helps earn attention for brands that matter and clients that get it, announced it would be trialing a 32 hour, four-day workweek starting October 1, 2021.

CEO Andy Pray said:

"We’ll have around 70% of our team working Monday through Thursday and 30% working Tuesday through Friday. Teams will need to be stacked similarly to how they are now, but with a new model of senior coverage across every day of the week to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our deserving client partners and a growing agency."
Renesas Electronics

Renesas Electronics

Renesas Electronics authorized a four-day workweek on a rotating basis from May 11, 2020 to the end of June. The schedule applied to about 5,000 employees or just over a quarter of their workforce (excluding factor workers).

The extra day off was considered leave time, meaning employees received 80% of their pay.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack

Shake Shack, an American fast casual restaurant chain based in New York City, announced on February 21, 2020 that they would be moving many employees to a 32-hour week without cutting pay.

As of September 2021, Shake Shack has put the program on pause due to the COVID pandemic. However, they said, "there's always a possibility it could return in the future."

TAC Security

TAC Security

TAC Security is a cybersecurity company that has shifted to a four-day workweek for its office in Mumbai after it saw increased productivity after seven months of testing it. The company said if the move makes workers more productive and happier, it will make the policy permanent.

Technical.ly

Technical.ly

Technical.ly, a news organization that helps you navigate your career, announced in August 2021 that it would be testing the four-day workweek and encouraging employees to use their paid time off on the Fridays of August while giving everyone the last Friday of the month off.

THRYVE

THRYVE

THRYVE, one of Germany's most trusted tech talent partners, announced on October 19, 2021 that they would be trialing the Monday to Thursday workweek with no reduction in pay and no increase in the hours worked on those days.

They've spent the last two years evaluating research and data and have spoken to a number of people who have trialed and implemented it.

Toshiba

Toshiba

Toshiba announced in May, 2020 that it would begin a four-day workweek for employees on the plant floor, giving them one more day in exchange for longer hours while on-site, maintaining the annual work hours.

This represented about 10,000 of Toshiba's roughly 76,000 employees.

Unilever New Zealand

Unilever New Zealand

Unilever New Zealand said all 81 staff members at its offices across New Zealand would be able to work four days, starting in December 2020 until December 2021. Participating employees continue to be paid for five days while working just four.

Nick Bangs, Managing director of Unilever New Zealand, said the goal was to "measure performance on output not time."


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