30 Hour Jobs

Issue #2


Investment Time at thoughtbot and the 30 Hour Workweek Movement in New Zealand

Hey there <<First Name>>,

Welcome to another issue of 30 Hour Jobs.

This week, I'm happy to feature a company that embraces flexible working hours in 2 different ways:


This week, I'd like to share thoughtbot's Investment Time policy:

We work a sustainable pace. We work four days for clients on consulting and one day on "investment time." We typically spend Monday-Thursday on client work and Friday on investment.

When taking time off during client work, we discuss how it will impact the schedule with other team members.

Sending off-hours communication may create an unintended sense of urgency with the recipients of the message, so we try to avoid creating that urgency when possible.

Unless actually urgent, we may ignore off-hours messages that we receive and handle them once we're back at work.

And Investment Time is defined as:

... time for investment in ourselves, our company, and our community. Primarily this means doing something that interests us like learning a new programming language, contributing to open source, discussing interesting things, attending community events, or reading an educational book. The goal is to encourage individuals to improve and share their knowledge with the rest of the team.

I think actively resting is so important since we have so many constant notifications. It's great to see this enforced in a company policy.

Aditionally, according to a reader:

Along with Investment Time thoughtbot also allows personal, pre-negotiated flex time, for any reason. thoughtbot works with its employees to model a flexible and sustainable schedule that still allows you to get your work done. Permanent four day work weeks are not unheard of.

Job Postings

thoughtbot currently has 27 jobs listed. Here's a select few:



New Zealand Study Finds a 4 Day Workweek 20% More Productive

The company Perpetual Guardian has conducted a trial of a 4 day workweek in a partnership with the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. The company found that by moving its 240 employees to a 4 day workweek — without changing pay — employees were happier and 20% more productive. You can read more about the study here.

That's it for this week, talk to you soon.

– Nick

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