Making a 4 Day Work Week
Work for You
All too often, working longer hours without additional
compensation or recognition is expected by companies.
As a result, productivity, morale, and the ability to
achieve important goals all suffer.
Treehouse believes that people are the most valuable
part of its company. Beneﬁts like the 4 Day Work Week
are vital to the long-term success of its people and the
company as a whole.
Employees work regular hours Monday through Thursday for a
total of 32 hours per week; Treehouse offices are closed on Fridays
Employees receive full salaries and beneﬁts, all regular holidays off,
and a break between Christmas and New Year’s Day
Internal chat boards are used to share company news on
initiatives, and an in-house project management board records and
displays work progress - Email use has been greatly reduced
It works! Founded in 2011, Treehouse employs over 75 employees
with annual revenues over $10M and over 70,000 customers.
How It Works
In 2011, Treehouse co-founder
Ryan Carson established the
4 Day Work Week as a permanent
beneﬁt for all employees.
“We are too connected to
work, and too connected to
I think we would all beneﬁt
[from a 4 day work week]...
“There's a core set of people
in my life that I care about.
If I do not connect with
them, [but] I connect with
my Twitter followers…
What the f*** am I doing?”
Companies and individuals alike
can be more productive and enjoy
greater work/life balance by
implementing a 4 Day Work Week.
Work-Life Balance: encourage employees to embrace personal
time, do non-work on their free day
Focused Work and Schedule: less work time compels employees
to focus, achieve more
Improved Morale: more time off
Attractive Beneﬁt: makes recruiting easier, more competitive
Beneﬁts of the 4 Day Work Week
Shorter Schedules: weeks have 4 working days instead of 5
Limited Time to Complete Work: it may lead to stress
Support Challenges: will customers expect/demand 24/7
support? how will you meet/address it?
External Doubts: some people - including potential investors -
may not understand or respect the 4 Day Work Week
Challenges of the 4 Day Work Week
Consider how you can cut back on your working time:
focus more on projects, less on meetings and email
Show results to decision makers to prove it works
Work remotely to increase time, reduce commute and expenses
Consider time-shifting to cover other days (ex: Tuesday-Friday)
It takes discipline, encourage employees to stick to it
Lead by example: don't send requests to other employees on Friday
or over the weekend
How Can It Work for You?
Whether you’re working for
a company or for yourself,
the 4 Day Work Week can be an
excellent way to achieve
a better work/life balance.
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