June 30, 2022
It’s been a while since we last sent any updates, and we hope you’ve been doing well. The pandemic has definitely impacted how we work, but one thing that has stayed the same is our drive and hunger to improve our overall work experience, both internally and for our clients.
As we pass the midpoint of the year, I’d like to look back on all the shifts within our company that took place along with the various changes in the world.
Over the past year, we’ve more clearly defined the type of work we do. We’ve doubled down on our core expertise, allowing for the consistent design, development, and management of digital transformation projects across the globe. In doing so, we’ve been fortunate enough to engage with a diverse range of projects at the intersection of design, technology, and organizational process. Still keeping with our human-centric-design principles at the heart of all we do, but bringing this to solve complex business problems in areas such as corporate strategy, project management, and digital products.
Secondly, to complement this broader shift, over the past year, a number of our senior team members and partners have been working as consultants within the international public sector to support their wider digital transformation efforts.
Finally, although our team has been as occupied as ever, there is one thing we’ve decided to try this year to find balance in our busy lives. We’re delighted to share that we’ve been testing a company-wide shift to a 4-day work week!
With work being such a significant part of our lives, at Mäd, we emphasize finding a healthy equilibrium between work productivity and personal satisfaction. It’s also one of our priorities to invest in making the company better, not only in terms of tools or the office but also when it comes to talent development and employee welfare. This, coupled with an attractive working scheme, makes Mäd a competitive workplace and enables us to build and retain a team of remarkable, talented individuals.
After researching the 4-day work week and considering our proven success with flexible work hours, we thought this shift would be the right step for our company. If you haven’t heard of it yet, the 4-day working scheme involves shortening the standard work week from five to four days, without making any changes to employees’ salaries and benefits.
Among its many perks, the 4-day work week has been praised for enhancing employees’ mental health and well-being, and improving productivity and engagement at the workplace.
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Our approach to the 4-day work week at Mäd is simple: we’ll continue to maintain our flex-time arrangement, except we’re cutting down the number of days that need to be spent in the office. Essentially, this should aid the team in tackling their regular amount of work by boosting their productivity.
This gives staff members more flexibility in how (and where) they choose to manage their time, but also the challenge of accomplishing all their tasks to meet deadlines. Although the team will have to try to be more productive and focused during work hours, they get a full extra day off to rest.
This shift would not only benefit us at Mäd, but also enhance the quality of work we can accomplish for client projects. While clients may question our decision to reduce the time we spend working (and maybe even consider it a threat to our output), we expect the results to prove otherwise! A well-rested team is more likely to put their best efforts toward reaching project goals.
Because we prioritize our people’s happiness, we want Mäd to be a workplace where employees wake up in the morning and look forward to coming to work. This experiment is part of our strategy to achieve that goal by intentionally designing this space. It is an excellent step towards being more aligned with our company values.
Curious to know more? Head to 4-Day Week Global to learn more about the research, case studies, and things to consider.
We hope you’re as excited as we are for what these positive changes may bring about and what we can achieve as a team. We’ll keep you updated on our progress and share any curious insights and team feedback as we go through our 4-day work week trial.
Let’s have a great summer, and stay safe.
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