Trial of 4-day working week returns generous increase in productivity for Hull business

PODCAST: 8m:30s

The 4-day working week is a dream for many employees, but one Hull business has made it a reality for the people it employs. GB Recruitment has trialled a 4-day working week for its employees for a month, and reports a generous increase in productivity for the period.

In this podcast April MacKenzie, Senior Marketing Executive for the business, talks to HULL IS THIS editor Jerome Whittingham, about the trial and its outcomes.

Last year GB Recruitment committed to the 4-day week experiment. One month in they are reporting a record-breaking month and an increase in productivity of around 50%.

Inspired by the results of Microsoft’s Work-Life Choice Challenge in Japan, GB Recruitment introduced the 4-day week at the end of last year. The extra days leave is rostered between a Monday, Thursday and Friday in order to allow the firm to deliver the same level of customer service. 

Antonio Tombanane, Managing Director GB Recruitment, said: “We are amazed by the results the experiment has delivered so far. The plan is to continue to monitor the impact, but we are more committed than ever to make this work.”

Productivity at the firm is monitored based on a strict criterion. The criterion focuses on business development, interviews and placement figures. Individuals are set targets, however making the 4-day work for the business is considered to be a real team effort.

Glen Halliwell, Associate Director GB Recruitment, added: “I couldn’t be prouder of what my team has managed to achieve during this trial. Being in a position where we have managed to take on an extra recruiter this month has been the real icing on the cake.”

GB Recruitment consider the 4-day week to be more than just a way of increasing productivity. They believe that by introducing this style of working they will be able to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of their employees. Benefits differ based on the individual however it could be something as simple as allowing a parent to do the school run once a week.

[April MacKenzie – GB Recruitment]