How would you feel about a 32-hour workweek? Fascinated or worried? On this podcast episode from the Productivity Confidential series, Natalie Nagele, cofounder of Wildbit, talks about her mission to implement a 32-hour workweek in her company and why long working hours are simply not the answer to higher quality work.
Key highlights from the podcast:
TED BROWN: Now I know that Wildbit is doing something a little more… a little different and that you are trying to move toward a reduced workweek and sort of keeping the people on the same productivity level, is that right?
NATALIE NAGELE: Yes, we have been doing a 32-hour workweek for, and we are on our third year, where almost everybody takes off on Friday except for the Support Team, they alternate on Fridays on Mondays. But yes, we have been doing it for over two and a half years extremely successfully.
TED BROWN: What advances, what sort of technology have you all been using when it comes to making it easier to transition with the 4-day work week, this 32 hour work week?
NATALIE NAGELE: I think the core of shorter workweek is this ability to maximize what we as human beings are really good at, and to kind of, offload everything else. And I say that you know, that the skills that make us human and not computers are our creativity and our ability to collaborate, like working together on solving difficult challenges.
TED BROWN: And the time saving is compound, I assume, over the course of the year?
NATALIE NAGELE: Oh absolutely. They compound and I also think it also helps them reflect on what is really that I am here to do. What are the works that are meaningful? What is the big transition to the 32-hour workweek?
TED BROWN: I want to wrap up with a couple of tech questions. What technology do you wish to have to enable your 32-hour workweek more achievable and easier?
NATALIE NAGELE: Honestly, with science and technology coming closer and closer, I want to prove that the brain works the way it does. I think that if we can really show that the brain is a muscle and it needs rest, then we will all agree that we need rest just like any other parts of our body. Another thing is that I want to automate all the things that does not have to be done by humans.
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