Berthume says "You've got to be a whole human being outside of work," and here he is doing just that. [Photo: Josh Berthume/Substack]
“Not only did our productivity increase, but last year was the best year we’ve ever had.”
Founder, CEO, President
.…on his Denton ad agency’s marking one full year of 4-day work weeks, via WFAA.
A year ago, Berthume and his 12-person Denton ad agency adopted a 4-day, fully remote work week—a move covered at the time by WFAA. The station’s Jason Wheeler checked back with Berthume this week to see how the last year went.
“We work a 32-hour week. And we made that change without any reduction in pay or benefits for anyone,” Berthume told WFAA, with the move paying off in productivity, “almost zero” job turnover, and improved morale.
“I’m seeing it in my people,” he told WFAA. “And if you think about the way a normal work week goes, there’s a drag at the beginning and drag at the end. And… if it’s not burnout, it’s exhaustion just from dealing with the structure of a job where you work 40, 50, 60 hours a week.”
The bottom line?
“You’ve got to be a whole human being outside of work,” Berthume said. So far, that’s working out well for both him and his employees—on the job and off.
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