Is Thursday the new Friday?

Every new year brings changes and this year sees a big change at JDA – we are moving to a 4-day working week.

We’ve looked at the way we work over the last few years, and the way we want to work in the future to support both our clients and our team.

We’ve found that we get very few requests for meetings on a Friday, and very few phone calls. To put it in context, I had 10 Friday meetings in the whole of 2022. Three were on the same day last March (to suit my plans), and only three were in the second half of the year.

However, we often get asked for meetings at 8am and do get a lot of phone calls before 9am that currently go to our answering service. Therefore, we are moving to a new working week where we work longer hours on Monday to Thursday but close the office on a Friday.

We can now answer queries and offer meetings between 8am and 6pm on Monday to Thursday (as opposed to 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday previously).

Of course, this also gives our team a better work/life balance and to have a genuine break each (long) weekend.

What happens on Fridays?

Although we’re not paramedics and there is rarely an “accounting emergency”, we will offer support on Fridays.

Meg, our Office Supervisor, will still work Fridays. (This isn’t a punishment for her – she is part-time and Fridays fit into her other commitments.) Therefore, she’ll be answering the phone and monitoring our central email – su*****@jo******************.uk.

We will also have a rota so that each week one of our accountants provides support by checking in with Meg twice during the day for any technical issues.

However, we don’t expect that this will be needed on a regular basis once everyone knows the new times.

We will be testing the new arrangements for the next 3 months. We fully expect it to work – we think it will be positive for our clients and our team. One of the benefits to us is the happiness of the team, which is a benefit to me in both staff retention and staff attraction when we do recruit.

I’ll keep you updated – perhaps it’s something that could work in your business too?

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