The four-day week. It’s a topical subject right now, and one that’s attracting much interest and opposing views.
Our perspective is firmly on the side that believes it’s a good thing. Both from a commercial point of view and for the work-life balance of a company’s staff, managers and owners.
That’s why we’re announcing an exciting new way of working by moving DLB Investigations to a four-day week for every member of our team, starting afresh in the New Year. From 3rd January 2023, which is our first day back after the festivities, DLB staff will work a 32-hour week and get paid for 37½ hours.
Having already made many of our clients and business partners aware of our exciting change, the response has been nothing but supportive. I think some may even be a touch envious!
In the last couple of weeks, the national media covered news announcing that a hundred UK companies have signed up to a permanent four-day week for all their employees, which totals about 2,600 people. Yes, it’s a drop in the ocean against the UK’s working population but it is, the 4 Day Week Campaign Group hopes, the “vanguard of a major shift.”
Supporters of the four-day week claim that our accepted convention of the five-day pattern is simply a hangover from an earlier economic age, arguing that a four-day week can actually improve productivity, allowing companies to create the same output in fewer working hours.
We’re delighted to be among the early adopters of an initiative that seems to make so much sense. It has no impact whatsoever on our company’s ability to remain operational for five days every week: we are simply implementing a rota for our staff to cover the working week yet give each of them a three-day weekend. It’s all part of a continuing commitment to our people as they are at the forefront of everything we do. Without them, DLB Investigations could not be the growing, successful business that it is today.