should we all have a 4-day work week?

random thoughts

“Does an extra day at the computer really produce that much more work? Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson thinks the answer is “no” and has structured his company to prove it. This excerpt is from a 2012 post on his blog:

There are so many benefits to working less. It’s hard to list them all, but here are the major ones:

  1. Recruiting is easy (we still pay full salaries and offer a very generous benefits package).
  2. Retention is easier; one of the team told me he regularly gets emails from Facebook trying to win him over, and his answer is always the same: “do you work a 4-day week yet?”
  3. Morale is boosted; on Mondays everyone is fresh and excited – not jaded from working over the weekend.
  4. I get to spend 50% more time with my kids then almost all other dads (three days versus two). Fifty percent. It’s insane! For those on the team without kids, they get to spend this extra 50% on their hobbies or loved ones.

At the time of writing (12-2013), the company was profitable and the company has since removed all managers. Read his entire post here.”

Sean Blanda for


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