The tech start-up based in Stevenage has committed to the new model of working following a successful trial
- As part of its focus on flexible working, the start-up has launched a trial of uncapped holidays.
Stevenage, UK, 21 April 2022 – Today, Civo, the world’s only pure play cloud native service provider, has announced its permanent move to a four-day working week, following a successful trial across the business. The trial, beginning in late 2021, was a great success, with staff embracing the scheme and all the possibilities on offer from flexible ways of working.
Going forward, Civo employees will work a new week of 34 hours – reduced from 36 hours. This shift will mean Civo teams will now be able to work 8.5 hour days across the four-day work week. Staff will also be able to work these hours across a five-day week, should that approach work best for them.
The company’s adoption of the four-day week comes at a time of growing evidence on the benefits of the scheme, within both professional and academic circles. In the UK, a total of 3000 employees at 60 different companies will soon embark on the largest four-day week trial to date, running from June to December 2022.
Throughout Civo’s trial of the four-day week, the company measured and assessed how a shorter working week impacted both its employees’ well-being and business operations. The team widely embraced the move, with the flexible way of working supporting both continued retention and attraction of new staff.
Ian Banks, Site Reliability Engineer at Civo, said “Having an extra day off really helps to alleviate pressures from inside and outside work. I can spend more time with my kids, get on with chores that could previously take up a whole Saturday or go for a walk and decompress. I would not be surprised to see a reduced work week become the norm in the not-so-distant future.”
Civo is continuing to seek out new ways to improve staff well-being, as the business looks to retain and attract talent in the competitive tech sector. In the coming months, Civo’s four-day working week will be added to with trials of other flexible working policies. In the first instance, the business is trialling uncapped employee holidays, and evaluating the impact of this policy for staff. The change will mean that, as long as they continue to meet objectives and it works with the rest of the business, Civo employees will have more flexibility to take the number of holidays that work for them.
Mark Boost, CEO of Civo, said “The experience of the last two years has changed how businesses think about the needs of employees forever. Looking after employee welfare and mental health is no longer seen as a ‘nice-to-have’, but a fundamental aspect of a successful business model, and rightly so.
“Our adoption of the four-day work week came from the belief that by streamlining the working week, we could create a more productive and ultimately more successful organisation. I have been thrilled to see Civo staff embrace this flexible way of working. Teams are more engaged and motivated, and crucially from a business perspective, we have seen no drop in the quality of work delivered. I am excited to see the company make the permanent shift to a four-day week, and look forward to the business continuing to scope out new and flexible ways of working.
“The uncapped holiday trial is a core part of our belief in the opportunities created by flexible working. As long as you get your job done, and it doesn’t impact the team or our customers, you should be able to take whatever holiday you feel is appropriate.”