12 remote and flexible companies with a 4-day work week


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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.

When you think of a full-time position, you probably think of working 40 hours a week – eight hours a day, five days a week to be exact. And that’s understandable, since this work schedule has been the golden rule for about 100 years!

But times are changing. Between the pandemic, the desire for a better work-life balance, and the need for more flexibility, employers and employees are rethinking what “full-time work” really means and embracing four-day work weeks.

The Fair Labor Standards Act does not define full-time or part-time employmentexplicitly stating: “This is a matter generally to be determined by the employer.”

What the FLSA says is that non-exempt employees working more than 40 hours per week are right to overtime paywhich is probably why most employers stick to a 40-hour work week.

The 40-hour work week may be disappearing. Here’s why and who’s leading the charge.

What workers want

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The Great Resignation is in full swing as workers seek more flexibility, better work-life balance or more meaningful work. Several surveys have revealed that a shorter work week can be the key to retaining top talent.

A survey of people aged 22 to 35 who have left their job found that 32% would have kept their old job if they had been offered a four-day work week. The same survey also found that 80% of all respondents support a four-day work week.

A second survey found even more support for the four-day work week. Of the 1,000 respondents:

  • 95.4% want a four-day work week
  • 90% think the five-day work week is outdated
  • 97% think they would be more productive working four days a week
  • 98% think their mental health would improve

And to get a four-day workweek, people said they would give up:

  • Unlimited paid leave (38%)
  • Free health care provided by the company (43%)
  • An eight-hour day working two overtime hours a day (58%)
  • Their current job (74%)

A FlexJobs social media poll found similar results, with 66% saying they would rather work a four-day workweek than get a 20% pay rise.

Given the growing interest of workers and the benefits of a short workweek (such as increased productivity and worker satisfaction), companies around the world are experimenting with shorter workweeks. And some make the change permanent.

“In today’s ever-changing work landscape, it’s no surprise that shorter workweeks are getting so much attention,” says Brie Reynolds, career development manager at FlexJobs. “As we think about the future of work, this sentiment signals the importance of a healthy work-life balance and the role employment flexibility plays in achieving it.”

To help job seekers connect with companies offering four-day work weeks, FlexJobs has identified 12 remote companies with recent postings in the FlexJobs database that currently have or plan to offer four-day work weeks. shorter work.

You will also find details of the company’s work week policy. Please note that each company has different ways of implementing their four-day work week policies regarding days and hours.

1. Base camp

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Four-day seasonal work week offered since May 2008

Recent remote job offers:

2. Bolt

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Offering a four-day work week since September 2021

Recent remote job offers:

  • Vice President, Product Marketing
  • Social Media Specialist

3. Buffer

Marketing Manager
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Offering a four-day work week since May 2020

Recent remote job offers:

  • Talent Acquisition and Onboarding Manager
  • Senior Product Marketing Manager

4. DNS Filter

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Rotating four-day work week offered since October 2021

Recent remote job offers:

  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Business Operations Manager

5.G2i

financial manager
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Bi-weekly four-day work weeks; experience a permanent four-day work week

Recent remote job offers:

  • Account Manager
  • React Redux Engineer

6. Goose Hunt

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After a four-day working week since June 2021

Recent remote job offers:

  • Chief of Staff
  • Senior Full Stack Engineer

7. Getting Started

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Plans to test a four-day workweek in 2022

Recent remote job offers:

  • People Director
  • Senior Product Advisor

8. Nectafy

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Offering a four-day work week since February 2020

Recent remote job offers:

  • Growth Content Editor
  • Business Development Representative

9.Panasonic

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Optional four-day work week offered since January 2022

Recent remote job offers:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Staff Accountant

10. Pray

Graphic designer or artist
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Trial of a four-day work week since October 2021

Recent remote job offers:

  • Creative Director – Creative Strategy
  • Designate

11. ThredUP

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Offering a four-day work week since 2021

Recent remote job offers:

  • Vice President of People Operations and Total Compensation
  • Revenue Manager – Deal Desk

12. Uncharted

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Four-day seasonal work week offered since June 2020

Recent remote job offers:

  • Marketing Associate
  • Program manager

How to find a 4 day work week

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To help job seekers find jobs in companies where the working week is four days, the FlexJobs Career Coaching Team has the following tips.

1. Search and connect

Thanks to the increased interest in shorter work weeks, more companies could soon switch to a four-day work week. To stay on top, keep track of which companies are embracing the trend.

Resources like Bolt Conscious Culture Initiative and this growing list from BuildRemote are great starting points. When you find companies that support four-day work weeks, go to their careers page and sign up to receive email alerts for new jobs. There may be nothing for you right now, but you never know what the future holds!

2. Research and save keywords

In addition to researching businesses, keyword searches can also help you get in touch with those businesses. However, it is crucial to search for the correct keywords using quotation marks.

Use a few keyword variations in your search, then set up alerts so you’ll be notified when new jobs that match your search terms are posted. Here are some examples of search terms:

  • “Four Day Work Week”
  • “4 day work week”
  • “Compressed work week”
  • “Short work week”
  • “Reduced hours”
  • “32-hour work week”

3. Showcase your short workweek skills

While it’s always a good idea to tailor your application to the job you’re applying for, to help you land a four-day-a-week position, highlight your skills relevant to the four-day work week. Include details of previous experience with short workweeks, such as working flexible hours or only working 30 hours per week.

If you don’t have direct experience with a shortened work week, you can highlight specific skills that demonstrate you can go from a 40-hour work week to a shorter work week without wasting time. Mention your strengths in:

  • Time and task management
  • Ability to prioritize (and deprioritize)
  • Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Organisational skills
  • Productivity tips

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