For the previous month I sat on psychological pins and needles questioning how our 4 day work weeks at my regulation agency are going to prove. All of me, together with my coronary heart and ego needed this to be a hit.

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

Previously month, I interviewed our employees and attorneys, received them to fill out surveys, monitored billings and collections, and analyzed the information. I in contrast all the things to once we have 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 regarded on the knowledge. Our attorneys billed a median 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 received an enhance of 13% in billable targets! Causes I can consider for this are:

  • We aren’t exhausted so we work more durable and are extra productive;
  • Virtually nobody needs to return to five day work weeks so we need to make this a hit;
  • We’re extra targeted and don’t procrastinate on the times we work;
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Amber having fun with brunch on her break day.

Income for 4 day weeks vs. 5 day weeks

Not surprisingly, this was additionally astonishing. Our web earnings grew by 12% working 4 days as a substitute 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 received our staff to fill out surveys on the finish of March (in direction of the tip of the primary month of making an attempt 4 day weeks), listed below are some questions and solutions:

Price working 4 days every week

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

Identify 3 belongings you like about working 4 days every week:

Some solutions included:

Having the at some point off in the midst of the week permits for a a lot wanted recharge which permits for me to focus and have much more vitality on the times I’m working.

 I’ve extra vitality – emotional, psychological and bodily – working 1 day much less in the midst of the week. I’m able to spend extra time with my youngsters. 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 nervousness

Kate’s youngsters thank her for taking and selecting them up from college on the break day.

Identify 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 number of the different solutions included:

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

Time administration – nonetheless adjusting the work circulation.

Submitting utility data and dealing round courtroom deadlines with the brand new schedule is the one tough factor to handle right now.

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

How do you are feeling emotionally in comparison with while you labored 5 days every week?

Solutions included:

I wish to assume higher. Managing my stress ranges appear to be a bit simpler.

Nice. Refreshed. Blissful to sort out a mountain of emails.

A lot better, after the primary week I truly considerably lowered my consuming

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

Jasmeet meditating by the water on her break day.

Do you may have any considerations concerning different attorneys and employees given this schedule? have you ever encountered points?

Over 90% of all surveyed mentioned transition was seamless they usually 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 break day.

Conclusion

To date, 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 might 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.