- Employee at Versa Agency in Melbourne, Australia, do not go to work on Wednesdays since the tech company declared every Wednesday a work-free day
- The company says staff are happy and the company is three times more profitable due to the unconventional work-week
- The chief executive of the company, Kathryn Blackham, says the company received some backlash from within the industry and a lot of praise for the initiative
Employees at an Australian tech company skip work on Wednesdays and only work four days a week since the chief executive, Kathryn Blackham, declared every Wednesday as a work-free day.
The Melbourne-based app developer, Versa Agency, has won a number of international awards due to the unconventional work-week, Daily Mail reports.
Briefly.co.za reports that Blackham claimed that the company has been increasing in terms of profit and productivity since the decision was taken.
According to the chief executive, staff are happy and the company is three times more profitable.
She said: "I know a lot of workplaces have kind of those Monday morning 'feels', where there's a bit of a vibe in the office, people are bantering back and forward. And in the end you get that kind-of 'Hump Day', which is a little bit harder to do.
"By the time we get to Thursday it's like a Monday again. You get a new feeling of enthusiasm and cracking on with work, collaboration."
Blackham said it is not true that working fewer hours make people lazy, adding that Versa Agency received some backlash from within the industry and a lot of praise for its unconventional work-week.
She added: "All of the factors that you would have thought would have gone down because we're working 20 per cent less — in theory, we're working one day less, although we are doing longer days on the other days — actually we've seen them increase dramatically."
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