Whilst the world is having a moment, Australian based Motio has made the bold decision to move to a permanent, nine day working fortnight, or ‘ten days in nine’.
After recently completing a three month trial, there was a clear understanding that work over nine days was actually possible, and in fact more efficient. The Motio team grappled with the concept of the four-day work week, opting instead for a nine-day fortnight.
The Sydney based media and audience experience company has a growing team of 27 team members, all of whom are completely happy to take on a heavier load in order to have every second Friday off.
Adam Cadwallader, Chief Executive Officer of Motio told us “We wanted to take the best of lockdown and frankly, ditch the worst of it. Our team have been delighted to be back in the office and working together, but this has added a real level of excitement and a definite change in productivity for the better. We are doing it nine months of the year with December, January and April exempt giving team members around 18 additional days to enjoy throughout the year, and an additional three weeks off if you lined the days up”.”.
The company offer the new nine-day fortnight without any change in pay or conditions, but there are a few rules and some adjustments have been made. The company is split into two groups, with a ‘buddy’ system in place to ensure customers or enquiries don’t slip through the cracks.
Gordon D’Mello, 30-year-old Product & Marketing Manager (pictured far left) at the company was extremely excited about the recent changes but conceded that perhaps once or twice throughout the year staff may choose a work from home scenario to ensure that productivity is maintained and told us “We are a small, growing business and we want to keep it that way, but everyone is totally pumped for the extra time to refuel and reenergize. It’s that flexibility to balance your work, while understanding the power of in-person office collaboration, all with a tangible reward in the extra time off that has certainly got me excited for the year ahead.”
Motio permanently commenced it’s nine-day fortnight this week.