San Francisco tech startup implements 4-day work week, says business is better than ever

Since implementing a four-day workweek last summer, San Francisco-based HR tech startup Emtrain has been performing better than ever.

Emtrain President Odessa Jenkins told FOX Business that since implementing a pilot project for a shortened workweek in July 2021, the company has exceeded its business plans throughout the year. and in the first quarter of 2022.

“It had no negative impact on our trading metrics,” Jenkins said.

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Change isn’t the only reason the company is doing so well, according to Jenkins. However, it undeniably attributed to a better employee experience, which led to an increase in employee retention rates and contributed to the company’s overall financial success.

Employees reported being happier and healthier, leading to more intentional and focused work, she said. In fact, 82% of Emtrain employees reported feeling healthier, both physically and mentally, when they had more time to do what they wanted from Friday through the weekend, according to Jenkins.

Employees of San Francisco-based HR tech startup Emtrain. (Emtrain)

Jenkins was hired in April 2021 to lead the company through the next phase of growth and intended to give employees more choice and flexibility.

In this new world, “choice and flexibility is what this next generation of humans craves,” she said.

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But that’s not to say the company hasn’t run into problems. Jenkins said the company has transformed its business to become more customer-focused, especially as it strives to bring a new product to market.

“Doing this while working fewer days was complex at first. We had clients who wanted to meet on Fridays, or we had situations where we had internal people who wanted to check in on Fridays,” she said. .

There is no absolute rule that the company cannot work on Fridays. In many cases, employees are still doing something business-related Friday, according to Jenkins.

But “the main message here is that they want they want to do,” she said.

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However, Jenkins said the model isn’t realistic for all businesses.

“Not all companies are well placed to establish a strict rule on the number of working hours and the number of working days,” Jenkins said.

There are some consumer-driven industries, like retail or travel and leisure, where a “flexible workweek may not look like a four-day workweek.”

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