Landscape planning, ecology and arboriculture consultancy Tyler Grange has signed up to the four-day week pilot programme beginning in June.
The initiative, in association with 4-Day Week Global, UK think tank Autonomy and researchers at Cambridge University, Boston College and Oxford University, will initially run for six months. Tyler Grange’s employees will work reduced hours but experience no loss of income during this period.
Each of the business’ six UK offices will be closed on Fridays, which the firm has suggested will allow all 80 members to rest and recuperate, take on any community or voluntary work, or further their training.
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Tyler Grange will increase its office opening hours to Monday to Thursday, 8:30 to 18:00, with the extra office hours used to help make the transition to a four-day week a smooth process for employees and clients. The business has already implemented an app that all employees use daily to monitor alertness and fatigue, which will also be used to look at employee wellbeing and happiness during the trial.
Simon Ursell, managing director at Tyler Grange, said: “Our discussions around this initiative began four years ago. In the past, we had a few members of the team part ways with us, citing that they couldn’t keep the pace up and needed to change how they worked. It’s time to make a change. We want to do everything in our power to keep our tribe healthy and happy so that they can keep on living life to the fullest, find joy in their work and continue to provide our clients with phenomenal support.
“Having an extra non-working day every week gives our team precious free time which they can use exactly as they see fit. We’re also excited by the benefits a four-day working week may bring for the business and our clients.”