By Giada Ferraglioni and Sergio Colombo – 21st February 2023
There’s growing interest in the benefits of a four-day workweek for productivity and employee wellbeing, but the picture is more complicated when it comes to climate change.
In 2011, Simon Ursell and the three other co-founders of newly born environmental consultancy Tyler Grange based in Gloucestershire, UK, decided to give all their workers a day off a month to volunteer.
They had found that many of their new employees already spent their free time volunteering in wildlife trusts. “Our ecologists have always loved being ecologists,” Ursell says.
But last year, Tyler Grange took what some would see as a far more radical step towards workers wellbeing by trying out giving all employees a fifth of their workweek off.