Who among us has not come back from a three-day weekend feeling remarkably refreshed? Some CEOs see the positive difference a short week can make, and have made that happen for their employees.
SteelHouse has a three-day weekend once a month. And Cockroach Labs' name may make you want to run away, but their four-day week is pretty inviting.
Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals lets her employees take every Monday off.
"In our industry, most aesthetic professionals and spa owners take Mondays off to recoup from busy weekends, so it was a natural day for us to take off as well," said Rhonda Allison, founder and CEO.
Other companies quantify a full work week as fewer than eight hours a day.
"We work 'Swiss hours' from 11 am to 4 pm, which is enough time to get all of your work done without any wasted time," said Clarke Bowling, digital marketing manager at eXO Skin Simple. "It also gives you enough time to get in a workout before work (we regularly brag about how many miles we got in before our start time), plan a week-long juice cleanse, or work on a passion project."
Andrew O'Brien, CEO and founder of The Publicity Guy pays his team a full-time salary for a 30-hour workweek.
"[Employees] also choose their own schedule as far as what hours they work," said O'Brien. "They are more productive and willing to work hard than if they worked eight-hour days, five days a week."
Some companies keep the eight-hour days, technically, but assign one of those hours (in addition to a lunch break) to be used for non-work.
"I instituted 'self care hour' and so far it's worked well. Everyone in the company has the same hour off (we work across several time zones) and my staff has the freedom to do whatever they want during that hour — except work," said Jo Jensen, CEO and founder of Causeumentary.
Jensen was moved to implement the self-care hour when she noted that her female employees admitted feeling guilty when they weren't working. "They can watch TV, grab food, hang out with friends, exercise, get a manicure, walk their dog, etc. I generally go for a bike ride, walk my dog, or catch up on one of my favorite TV shows on Hulu. I find when I get back to work, I'm much more relaxed — and my staff is too."