Why We Don’t Work on Wednesdays
As a social media agency we value the things in life that make us more sociable people. We already cater a company wide lunch on Fridays, gym memberships are provided to all of our employees, our favorite snacks are always on hand and we’ve been known to get together after hours or on weekends to indulge in drinks or partake in an adventure- but recently we decided to add another perk to our arsenal of incentives: the four day work week.
Despite what you might initially think of a four day work week the idea behind the concept is not to work less, but rather to work less conventionally and more efficiently. We at boogie have adopted the policy of, “We don’t ‘DO’ Wednesdays,” and here’s why…
It gets you around the hump.
Wednesdays are affectionately referred to as “hump day” implying they are something to get over – a weekly obstacle to overcome we are fated to endure over and over again within the confines of the conventional work week. Rather than wasting a Wednesday trying to acquire the kinetic energy during the first portion of the day to propel you over the dreaded proverbial “hump,” you have the opportunity to stand at the base of the hump, size it up and say “nah, thanks, I’ll take the scenic route around and see ya on the other side, Thursday.”
It gives the work-life balance more, well- balance.
With all the talk of the importance of maintaining a work-life balance in the professional realm you can’t overlook that “work” by standard expectations gets at least 8 hours a day, 5 (consecutive) days a week (not including any commute time) equating to around 40 hours while the weekend gets a measly 2 days (48 hours if you really make the most of things and forgo sleep). Sure you could wake up and hit the gym at 6 AM and be to the office by 9, be home by 6 to eat dinner with the family and in bed by 9 but where in that description of earning a livable wage is actual living accounted for? A four day work week, even with extended hours, instantly breaks up your week in a more balanced and digestible diet of work and play.
It forces you to prioritize.
Never working more than two consecutive days lends itself to breaking up the to-do’s of the week into two segments: what is urgent and what is important. We are the land of the free but we are also the land of the over-worked, over-stressed and shackled to our desks until we can get “this” done. We as modern people often forget that the innate physiological intent of stress is to warn us of imposing danger threatening our life and well-being, not to psych us out about an approaching deadline or an in the grand scheme of things trivial decision. A 4 day work week means one less day to stress and two to do your to-do’s effectively and orderly.
It reinvigorates you.
It’s a lot easier to muster up and maintain a productive, positive, and passionate approach to your work when you have the reward of a day all to yourself always dangling in sight, just barely out of reach. Our culture perpetuates a “what you do defines you” mentality, but being able to achieve professional success while still having adequate time to pursue passion projects, engage in hobbies and recreational activities, and nurture valued personal relationships invigorates immeasurable purpose into a person. A happier, healthier you outside the office translates to a more motivated, fulfilled you in all that you do.
So how do we spend our Wednesdays? Anything from amateur modeling to being a model citizen and volunteering, boogie-ing down in Brooklyn at our collaborative work space at the Yard or (to be completely honest) sneaking a little bit of work in while sunbathing or waiting in line at the doctor’s office.
But can you really blame us for just loving what we do?