Companies that want to develop and use artificial intelligence need suitable training data. However, these often have a personal reference and thus fall within the scope of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Work-life blending and our #4DayWeek formula
People all over the world are increasingly experiencing work-life blending
Nowadays, in everyday life, we jump between what we call work or profession and what we commonly classify as leisure or “private”. This is made possible by the networking of hardware, people and applications – and, not least, by the ubiquitous internet.
New challenges need new answers
Since September 2021, more than 150 full-time employees of the CIB Group have been working four days a week – with the same salary and holiday entitlement. With this innovative work concept, we are taking a significant first step towards #NewWork.
What are the main benefits of our # 4dayweek?
More free time
Our employees are happy to have more free time, which they can now use for family, hobbies and health.
With the 4-day week, we ensure a balance between work and free time and thus more satisfied employees.
Same salary and conditions
We have introduced our 4DayWeek model for our employees without any cuts in conditions. We want to work better, not more!
What does our people say? A few opinions:
Waking up on Saturday feeling that you have the whole weekend ahead to rest and enjoy because you have taken advantage of Friday for everything pending, it is priceless. You also start Monday with much more energy and motivation.
4-days-work, 3-days-off - In fact, we are working more productively now and, thanks to the long weekends, switching off and recharging batteries is working out just fine!
CEO Ulrich Brandner: "The goal is to free ourselves more and more from time-consuming routines through our own digital solutions. I am certain that we have make a big step in the right direction.
On Friday I repaired my bike, went shopping and many other things. And then on Saturday morning at breakfast the thought that everything urgent has been done and that the whole weekend is still ahead of you! Wow! The recovery can begin.
We now have more time to dedicate to other activities: learning new things, visiting places, undertaking new hobbies ... It's amazing!
I love the 4 day work week. I can make the most of my time and my family is also more satisfied. Now I can enjoy with my daughter every Friday afternoon
Work to live, not live to work. Having an extra day of rest each week allows me flexibility that I didn't have before. Meeting goals has never been easier.
4 days a week is incredible, it offers you more time to travel, rest or be with your family, that is, freedom and balance in your life.
Now the weekends are spreading more and you really disconnect. More time for yourself. At the same time, it makes the 4 days of work more productive
Go to the bank, take the car to the workshop, go to medical check-ups, etc. it was never so easy and comfortable. Now I have one working day to do business without having to interrupt work or family time.
The reaction of our customers has been very positive so far, because we have made sure that our support service is not affected by the 4-day week
Optimize work processes
We have implemented our expertise in our own workflows for years - now all employees benefit!
From 5 to 4 days, from 40 to 36 hrs: thanks to workflow optimization and efficient planning, the formula works!
Ensured customer service
Our support and advisor teams take turns to be at our customers' side from Monday to Friday.
#4DayWeek in our Blog
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CIB # 4DayWeek in the media
The whole world is talking about it!
Is it a gimmick? Is it because I want to be the best, nicest boss ever? Are we not serious about business? What about Fridays? What about losing a whole day?
I didn’t do this out of the goodness of my heart, but because I wanted to be more successful. For the entire team to be more successful.
So, no - it’s not a gimmick. It’s a purely business-led decision. Allow me to explain.
We did this for 2 reasons: - Employee Well-being - To increase our productivity and therefore our results.
✅ 1. Subject matter experts are efficient
✅ 2. Motivating deadlines improve productivity
✅ 3. A workforce that feels trusted is more loyal
✅ 4. A happy workforce delivers better customer service
🧪These may seem like sweeping statements but I have scientific research and examples for each of them.
I was having a conversation with a candidate about this yesterday as their company was looking to implement a 4 day week.
It seems some companies enforce a Mon-Thur others give a bit more flexibility to their staff to choose, some even will let you include weekend work if that's your thing.
Personally I think single me would enjoy a 3 day weekend whereas parent me nowadays might quite like a break in the middle of the week.
Coconut Software has been experimenting with a 4 day work week (I prefer to refer to it as a 3 day weekend) and I can't convey how incredible it is to have a day back in my life... for my life.
I usually spend my Friday's running errands (Costco is SO much nicer on a Friday than a Saturday!), doing chores and getting ready for the weekend. That way, we can actually have fun instead of attempting to scrub baseboards and meal prep while chasing after Gus and keeping Lorna happy. The picture is from a Friday morning - we hired a local photographer to capture our family. I think she did a great job, particularly managing to get Gus' personality!
1. I’ve always owned my very strong tendency to procrastinate. In fact, it’s become a tool for me as I know I’m more creative when pressed up against a deadline. During this experiment, I’ve realized the positive side of that is that I’m a sprinter at work, which is a great fit for a 4 day work week. After all, with 5 (or 6) days worth of work to get done in 4, there’s no real procrastination, just one thing to the next to the next to the next…an excellent fit for my style...
I started with the mentality of if I was to come up with my dream brand what perks would it have.
- 4 Day work weeks
- Real flexibility that's guilt-free and catch-free
- Being able to comfortably express what your true goals and passions are without having to lie and say you want to work at the company until the day you die!
- Mental health check in's weekly
- External coaching to help you achieve your true potential
#4dayworkweek #4dayweek #thefutureofwork
We are keenly watching the Trades Union Congress's (TUC) new campaign championing a 3-day weekend - with no loss of pay for workers. Bravo.