This week, Sadie Restorick, COO & Co-Founder, Wellity Global reflects on the 4 Day Week Pilot that’s currently being rolled out across the UK and Simon Scott-Nelson: Founder & CEO shares the latest in Workplace Wellbeing at Wellity Global.
Sadie says: The topic of the four-day working week is a huge topic of conversation for our clients, whether they are smaller businesses based in the UK or larger corporates following the global trend towards condensing the working week, but there are a number of issues to be considered when we are considering adoption of this model.
Whilst research does demonstrate a number of benefits, such as improvements in productivity, staff retention, talent attraction and employee stress levels, there are a number of issues to be considered when we are considering the adoption of this model:
- Choice and autonomy are huge contributors towards employee wellbeing. Decades of research shows us that what employees really want is the flexibility to work when they want and how they want.
- We also need to consider whether employers have taken the time to review the realistic implications of accommodating existing workloads within a reduced timeframe of four days; unless additional resources are provided then fundamentally employees may be faced with no alternative than to work beyond their four days, in many cases unpaid.
Furthermore, as with many initiatives that are implemented with the acclaimed objective to improve wellbeing, if the reality of implementation is not considered in consultation with employees, then it can often be interpreted as a ‘box-ticking’ exercise as opposed to a genuine effort to understand staff and the challenges they face.
In the majority of organisations we support, working hours are not the problem; it is the compelling pressure to be available and accessible outside of working hours and compromise psychological recovery time in the process. It is these habits and working beliefs that need to be addressed, and that won’t be achieved by reducing days on-the-clock.
Discussing the latest in workplace wellbeing, Simon says: With the world starting to open up again, we are extremely grateful to be receiving more and more requests for training to be delivered on-site.
With face-to-face sessions providing more of an opportunity for connection and empathy amongst attendees, we couldn’t be more pleased to get back to travelling the globe and making a difference in the world of Workplace Wellbeing.
Last week, our very own Sadie Restorick travelled up to Fife to present the Wellbeing Conference which welcomed over 300 guests, a range of speakers and resulted in a truly thought-provoking experience.
As we enter the halfway point of this year, we are also seeing organisations review their wellbeing initiatives so far and starting to plan for the rest of 2022.
It’s important to consider if employees are buying into your initiative, why engagement is key and that there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to wellbeing.
If your organisation is in need of wellbeing support get in touch with their team at email@example.com, who can put together engaging, customised solutions for your teams. Find out more about what they can do to help here:https://www.wellityglobal.com/