Time have changed.
It must be one of the phrases we usually use or listen to when we want to make reference to the fact that customs and cultures are in constant movement and mutation. We live in an era where everything is reconsidered and challenged.
We began to question every act in which we were comfortable or we thought that it was the only way to do things. How we all live, relate and how we develop our professional life are in full reinvention.
Everything commonly accepted as true is false
The tools and technology -which increasingly interconnect us- opened the doors to begin to understand that the work system in which we are immersed can be perfectly rethought. The hours we dispose to what we do are not proportionally linked to the quality of our work when the focus is 100% on the objective.
A healthy and caring workplace where everyone can feel free to work without the ASAP culture helps achieve high quality processes with impeccable results.
Under this concept every day more companies understand that the new paradigm of the four working days respond to a need that new employees seek more and more.
According to a survey conducted by the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace, almost three quarters said they could work four days or less if their salary will not change and if their work currently interferes with their personal lives. Millennials will exchange a higher salary for more flexibility and control over when they work, according to the studies of Fidelity Investments and Qualtrics.
Creating a work space of four working days implies taking the challenges with greater focus, maximizing time and leaving aside the toxicity that today can have any traditional company. Excessive meetings, emails, dependence 24/7 ends up generating a counterproductive environment for the development of perfect results and happy employees.
Part of the new paradigm is to be able to incorporate that the 40 established working hours have little to do with labor efficiency. Many times we can notice that during an 8-hour working day we extend a task that can be carried out in a few hours throughout the day.
Jason Fried, CEO of Basecamp, who carries out four-day labor policies within his company tweeted the following:
Working more than 40 hours a week doesn’t mean you’re working hard. It just means you are working more than 40 hours a week.
— Jason Fried (@jasonfried) January 12, 2016
It’s important to know how we manage times to provide spaces for new challenges. The 80/20 principle that Tim Ferriss comments on in his book The 4 hour workweek has a great focus on this.
Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist, established a principle that has become known as “the 80/20 principle”: 80% of all production comes from 20% of the inputs used. When Pareto enunciated this postulate he alluded to the inequality in income that he could see in his country since 80% of the income was in the hands of 20% of the population. However its formula is not limited to explaining this phenomenon of distribution: it has subsequently given rise to multiple applications in various fields such as those that say that “80% of the consequences are derived from 20% of the causes” or that “80% of the outcomes come from 20% of the efforts and resources invested.”
Using this type of analysis, I concluded that of my 120 wholesale clients, only 5 gave me 95% of the income. So I suppressed the contact with the other 115, reducing more than 20 times the time I spent in that task and experiencing an almost laughable descent in my income. Do you also that “analytical liposuction” wondering what is 20% of the causes that originate 80% of their problems and which 20% that produces 80% of their joys.
Maybe if we apply this “analytical liposuction” to our work we can identify what is that 80% that if we eliminate it will improve our performance and quality. Therefore we would be reducing times and finally arriving at a four-day workweek.
At Chispa -as an open studio- we are building from its heart a company that reflects and accompanies the new challenges not only ours but personal ones of each one of the people who are part of it. Because in depth four business days it’s not just another day of rest. It’s a culture and a profound change of how we can live better, improve our personal times and develop a professional life that accompanies our purposes in life.