"It's not about more family time, or more play time..."
For the past decade, Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, has pushed boundaries and maintained a 32-hour workweek for his entire staff. Recently, an article published in The Atlantic shared details about why Carson believes this is the way of the future and how he came to the realization that this would change his company altogether.
Traditionally speaking, Americans have gotten used to the idea of the 40-hour workweek. You clock in at 9, leave at 5 - that's how it has always been. Now, Carson was ready to challenge this idea we've all become accustomed to. "There's no rule that you have to work 40 hours, that you have to work more to be successful," Carson told The Atlantic. "We have proven that you can take it from an experiment into something that's doable for real companies and real people in highly competitive markets."
When it comes to citing the direct benefits of this shrunken work week, Carson is first to point out that a flexible schedule benefits all. He believes that spending less time in the office will encourage employees to hone-in on their focus points for that given time, and work harder because they know they have less hours to complete the task. This higher level of focus ultimately results in a higher productivity level throughout the entire office.
For people like Carson, the work/life balance is a huge priority. There is a difference between spending more hours at the office because you're "supposed" to be there vs. spending less hours at the office actually getting work done. "It's not about more family time, or more play time, or less work time - it's about living a more balanced total life."
When it comes down to it, Carson believes that this shortened workweek has resulted in an overall happier, more productive atmosphere at his company. When a company really values the well-being of their employees, everyone wins. In a final note to The Atlantic, Carson sums the experience in one sentence by saying, "we basically take ridiculously good care of people because we think it's the right thing to do."
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