This year, we have implemented a 9-day working fortnight at esc, giving employees the opportunity to take every alternate Friday off for no loss of pay, enhance employee wellbeing and create a good work life balance. Performance is measured on outcomes, not hours spent sitting at a desk!
This new flexible working pattern at esc is in line with the results of the world’s largest four-day working week trial to date which were published this week.
The trial, comprising 61 companies and around 2,900 workers, took place in the UK from June to December 2022. Key findings of the pilot, published by think-tank Autonomy, the University of Cambridge and Boston College in the US, reveal:
- Stress and burnout for employees both significantly declined with 39% of employees less stressed and 71% reporting lower levels of burnout
- Reported levels of anxiety, fatigue and sleep issues decreased, while mental and physical health both experienced improvements
- Measures of work-life balance improved. 54% of respondents found it easier to balance their work with family commitments, and were more satisfied with their household finances, relationships and how their time was being managed
- 60% of employees found an increased ability to combine paid work with care responsibilities, and 62% reported it easier to combine work with social life.
We are currently recruiting for Quantity Surveyors and construction Project Managers at all levels, so if a 9-day fortnight appeals to you, get in touch.