Ontario CEO tests four-day work week for employees, says she won t go back
|CTVnews 13 Oct 2021 at 17:02|
Jamie Savage, CEO and founder of Toronto-based recruitment company The Leadership Agency, implemented a four-day full work week for employees in October 2020. (Supplied)
The founder of an Ontario company that tested out a four-day work week for her employees says she will never go back to working a full week.
Jamie Savage, CEO and founder of Toronto-based recruitment company The Leadership Agency , implemented a four-day full work week for employees in October 2020.
Savage said she noticed during the pandemic that her employees were burnt-out and she wanted to help them improve their quality of life.
"We needed to make some changes," Savage told CTV News Toronto Wednesday. "I thought, why dont we just do a four-day work week. Lets try it."
Savage said her nine employees still receive the same pay and number of vacation days per year.
"The truth is that it was instantly impactful on our business," she said. "The immediate impact was their wellbeing."
Savage said her employees were using the extra time off to relax, attend fitness classes or even attend therapy sessions.
She said the result was that her employees came to work feeling less overwhelmed and were able to carry out their job much more efficiently.
Savage said she understands many companies fear implementing a four-day work week out of fear of loss productivity, but ultimately the benefits outweigh the risks for her company.