August 19, 2012

IF HE REALLY WANTED PRODUCTIVITY GAINS...:

Be More Productive. Take Time Off. (JASON FRIED, August 18, 2012, )

[A]t 37signals, the software company I've run for the past 13 years, we take inspiration from the seasons and build change into our work schedule.

For example, from May through October, we switch to a four-day workweek. And not 40 hours crammed into four days, but 32 hours comfortably fit into four days. We don't work the same amount of time, we work less.

Most staff workers take Fridays off, but some choose a different day. Nearly all of us enjoy three-day weekends. Work ends Thursday, the weekend starts Friday, and work starts back up on Monday.

The benefits of a six-month schedule with three-day weekends are obvious. But there's one surprising effect of the changed schedule: better work gets done in four days than in five.

...he wouldn't have them working 8 hour days, six hours of which are wasted.

Posted by at August 19, 2012 8:05 AM
  

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