Kickstarter CEO: Let's try a 4-day work week
Kickstarter announced Tuesday that it plans to experiment with a four-day work week in an effort to offer workers more flexibility and additional time to spend on creative pursuits.
The big picture: Lots of tech companies are planning to offer flexibility around where employees work post-pandemic. Now some companies are also rethinking when people work.
Driving the news: Kickstarter plans next year to test a four-day work week with some or all of its employees, though details of that remain to be figured out, including whether all workers will have the same schedule.
- Dating app Bumble, meanwhile, says it's giving all employees this week off to allow a much-needed break.
What they're saying: Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan told Axios that he had toyed with the notion of a four-day week in the past, but was motivated by the pandemic to actually give it a try.
- "What we’ve been all living through the last 18 months, you feel this compression on your professional life, your personal life," Hasan said.
- The idea of a four-day work week wasn't spurred by the company's ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, Hasan said. He added that the company's newly formed union has been supportive of the idea.
- Hasan said he is encouraged to see other companies experimenting as well. "The more people experimenting, the more shared learning," he said.