December 9, 2019

Happy Fridays!

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Technology is changing the way we live and work, re-shaping the 9-5 office culture, and creating new possibilities- some great, some not so. Mobile technology encourages flexible working, but can also bring distractions- especially when ‘life’ demands attention throughout the working day- sneakily submitting meter readings online or organising a best friends birthday do. The line between the workday and downtime can become muddled and suddenly it feels like we’re doing everything, and achieving nothing.

Employers are increasingly seeing stressed-out people, and teams. And stress- as anyone who has experienced it first hand- can be toxic. So, how can we find the holy grail of the perfect work-life balance?

Enter the 4-day week. It’s already happening across the world notably in many Scandinavian countries- its even compulsory in some countries to offer reduced working hours, with some forward-thinking companies paying their staff full wages for a reduced week.

The 4-day week has started appearing in the UK too, with Leeds-based recruitment agency Gilbert-Meher the latest to offer this hugely beneficial way of working.

If you’re a business owner you might be thinking why on earth would you pay someone not to be at work? But the bottom line is it boosts productivity, by utilising technology to free up time, so everyone (including you!) can take time off to do the things they love- and be happier as a result. Happy people are focussed and productive because they’re not distracted by everything they need (or would like) to do throughout the working day.

By using technology wisely in the workplace, it can automate many tasks traditionally requiring manual (ie human) input. Many productivity tools and apps are already harnessing artificial intelligence and robotics behind the scenes and we’re often using these without even realising it. In short, utilising ‘good’ technology and clever processes in the workplace means that we don’t need to cram five days of work into four.

For staff and business owners alike, that means enjoying a day off every week (typically a Friday), to spend as you like! Do ‘life admin’ if you must (that can be a stress-buster in itself), or have afternoon tea with your mum (or dad), mooch around galleries, lunch with your friends, hike up the nearest big hill, or get to the gym when theres no-one else there. Hey, you might finally even decide to join the local model railway club!

In short, pursuing passions and spending time with family and friends makes us happy, and happy people are more productive people…

Leeds is the UKs third largest city and one of the fastest growing. It has a vibrant business, arts and cultural scene and sits close to several of the UKs incredible ‘Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. It has an amazing array of things to do both in and outside the city and sitting pretty much bang in the middle of the UK it’s superbly placed to explore- near and far.

So wherever you live or work- think about how you’d spend an extra day off and how it might bring balance and restore your sanity- and maybe that of everyone around you!

As a business owner you might want to seriously consider the benefits of introducing a 4-day week for both your staff, you, and your business.

December 9, 2019

Happy Fridays!

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Technology is changing the way we live and work, re-shaping the 9-5 office culture, and creating new possibilities- some great, some not so. Mobile technology encourages flexible working, but can also bring distractions- especially when ‘life’ demands attention throughout the working day- sneakily submitting meter readings online or organising a best friends birthday do. The line between the workday and downtime can become muddled and suddenly it feels like we’re doing everything, and achieving nothing.

Employers are increasingly seeing stressed-out people, and teams. And stress- as anyone who has experienced it first hand- can be toxic. So, how can we find the holy grail of the perfect work-life balance?

Enter the 4-day week. It’s already happening across the world notably in many Scandinavian countries- its even compulsory in some countries to offer reduced working hours, with some forward-thinking companies paying their staff full wages for a reduced week.

The 4-day week has started appearing in the UK too, with Leeds-based recruitment agency Gilbert-Meher the latest to offer this hugely beneficial way of working.

If you’re a business owner you might be thinking why on earth would you pay someone not to be at work? But the bottom line is it boosts productivity, by utilising technology to free up time, so everyone (including you!) can take time off to do the things they love- and be happier as a result. Happy people are focussed and productive because they’re not distracted by everything they need (or would like) to do throughout the working day.

By using technology wisely in the workplace, it can automate many tasks traditionally requiring manual (ie human) input. Many productivity tools and apps are already harnessing artificial intelligence and robotics behind the scenes and we’re often using these without even realising it. In short, utilising ‘good’ technology and clever processes in the workplace means that we don’t need to cram five days of work into four.

For staff and business owners alike, that means enjoying a day off every week (typically a Friday), to spend as you like! Do ‘life admin’ if you must (that can be a stress-buster in itself), or have afternoon tea with your mum (or dad), mooch around galleries, lunch with your friends, hike up the nearest big hill, or get to the gym when theres no-one else there. Hey, you might finally even decide to join the local model railway club!

In short, pursuing passions and spending time with family and friends makes us happy, and happy people are more productive people…

Leeds is the UKs third largest city and one of the fastest growing. It has a vibrant business, arts and cultural scene and sits close to several of the UKs incredible ‘Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. It has an amazing array of things to do both in and outside the city and sitting pretty much bang in the middle of the UK it’s superbly placed to explore- near and far.

So wherever you live or work- think about how you’d spend an extra day off and how it might bring balance and restore your sanity- and maybe that of everyone around you!

As a business owner you might want to seriously consider the benefits of introducing a 4-day week for both your staff, you, and your business.