4-Day Work Weeks in Remote Companies

I was driving back from the office to sleep a few hours at home. It was a morning rush hour. "OMG, these cars just won't move." I felt how I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore...

... and then I woke up.

"Uuhh, that was close," I thought and realized that I slept for a few seconds while driving.

"Okay, I can't stay up for 3 days in a row. I need to sleep at least once in 3 days."

The company I was working for had just launched a new service. It was big, complicated, and under public interest, so it was closely watched by media companies who wrote something about us almost every day.

And our team was way too small for building this. We only had a few developers, and I was one of them.

The result? I burnt out within 4 years and left the company. And not with $1M in my pocket. I had $0. I was a paycheck guy, working 80h weeks without much sleep, owning zero % of the company.

What is the impact on humans?

"I think we still evaluate companies based on these core principles of commerce. But without the secondary question of like well, what is the impact on humans?"

This is Natalie, a co-founder of Wildbit. Family SaaS business. Bootstrapped and profitable.

It's good for a person with my background to see these kinds of companiesβ€” people-friendly, calm, flexible. Not only looking at their profit but thinking about their people too. In fact, putting their people first.

4-day work weeks

From the beginning of Remote Hunt, I've always been interested in which perks remote companies offer to their employees (in addition to letting them work from anywhere, of course).

Wildbit offers one of the best set of benefits to its employees. No wonder that they have so many long-term team members (seven 5+ years and three 10+ years) out of their team of 32, all working remotely from 8 countries.

Many have a budget for well-being and hardware, paid parental leave, some give you a company credit card to buy whatever you need.

But what I love the most is the ability to work on a flexible schedule. In a fully remote team, this is a great way to live and work.

And now I spot another trend. Some companies are converting to 4-day weeks. Who says we should work 5 days per week? Just a habit of history.

Wildbit has been working 4-day weeks for 3+ years now. Buffer started their experiment when COVID hit and continues this into 2021 while keeping an eye on the impact, which is interesting to follow.

And so, to help people find more teams like Wildbit and Buffer, I started to build a list of remote companies with 4-day weeks on Remote Hunt.