For the previous month I sat on psychological pins and needles questioning how our 4 day work weeks at my legislation agency are going to end up. All of me, together with my coronary heart and ego wished this to be successful.

Within the earlier blogs I defined why we decided to work 4 day weeks and the policies we implemented.

Previously month, I interviewed our workers and attorneys, bought them to fill out surveys, monitored billings and collections, and analyzed the information. I in contrast the whole lot to once we had been working 5 days every week, and I have to say the outcomes are astonishing. 

Let’s see the findings:

Billings for 4 day weeks vs. 5 day weeks at YLaw

I used to be encouraging our attorneys to attempt to obtain the identical targets they did once they labored 5 days every week, however I used to be astonished once I appeared on the information. Our attorneys billed a mean of 13% extra working 4 days every week versus 5 days every week! 

My goal was to be OK with a discount of 5%, however we bought an enhance of 13% in billable targets! Causes I can consider for this are:

  • We’re not exhausted so we work more durable and are extra productive;
  • Virtually nobody desires to return to five day work weeks so we wish to make this successful;
  • We’re extra targeted and don’t procrastinate on the times we work;
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Amber having fun with brunch on her time without work.

Income for 4 day weeks vs. 5 day weeks

Not surprisingly, this was additionally astonishing. Our internet earnings grew by 12% working 4 days as an alternative of 5 days every week! I used to be anticipating earnings to go down by 5% to 10% however the reverse occurred.

Report from Legal professionals and Employees on 4 Day Work Weeks

I bought our workers to fill out surveys on the finish of March (in the direction of the tip of the primary month of making an attempt 4 day weeks), listed here are some questions and solutions:

Charge working 4 days every week

Virtually 100% of all workers and attorneys gave it a 5 star! 

Title 3 stuff you like about working 4 days every week:

Some solutions included:

Having the in the future off in the course of the week permits for a a lot wanted recharge which permits for me to focus and have much more power on the times I’m working.

 I’ve extra power – emotional, psychological and bodily – working 1 day much less in the course of the week. I’m able to spend extra time with my kids. I’m able to accomplish issues that I in any other case don’t have time to do which has been life giving.

Steadiness, with the ability to do errands, and anxiousness

Kate’s children thank her for taking and selecting them up from faculty on the time without work.

Title Three Stuff you do NOT like about working 4 day weeks

Over 80% of these surveyed mentioned there was nothing they didn’t like about working 4 day weeks. A few of the different solutions included:

Typically my days really feel just a little extra overwhelming however I feel managing that can include time.

Time administration – nonetheless adjusting the work circulation.

Submitting utility information and dealing round courtroom deadlines with the brand new schedule is the one tough factor to handle presently.

Raha, having fun with a household day together with her daughter and husband.

How do you’re feeling emotionally in comparison with whenever you labored 5 days every week?

Solutions included:

I wish to suppose higher. Managing my stress ranges appear to be just a little simpler.

Nice. Refreshed. Blissful to deal with a mountain of emails.

Significantly better, after the primary week I really considerably diminished my consuming

I’m happier with the 4 day week because it offers me extra power on the times when I’m at work.

Jasmeet meditating by the water on her time without work.

Do you’ve any considerations relating to different attorneys and workers given this schedule? have you ever encountered points?

Over 90% of all surveyed mentioned transition was seamless and so they didn’t expertise points. Different answered included considerations about emailed going unanswered on the day-off.

Amy spending the day together with her canine, strolling for 4 hours on her time without work.

Conclusion

Thus far, I couldn’t ask for a greater consequence. I feel 4 day work weeks are our future as a result of they make human sense and so long as we give them an opportunity, they could simply show to be a win-win for all concerned.

I’ll replace everybody after 3 months and allow you to know if we are going to make this everlasting for YLaw.

Written by Leena Yousefi, April 8, 2021.