As a proud 4 Day Week SA pioneer pilot participant we are currently on week four of this ambitious experiment. While it’s still too early to tell whether Big Beard Web Solutions will adopt a four-day week as the future of work for its employees, I have already noticed a few remarkable differences.
While many South Africans may still be missing out on that almost mythical work-life balance, some semblance of it has crept into our business. I’m still waiting for my colleagues to weigh in, but those few hours off have given me clarity of thought. My role requires extended periods of deep work, where intense focus is required. Returning to my workspace, thoughts are more lucid, and I am able to formulate agile approaches in thinking to accomplish (even the most complex) daily tasks.
The time off has also benefited my personal life. Isabella (4-years-going-on-14) now has my full attention when we’re baking clay pizzas and kicking around a beach ball. I am even able to be more available to listen to my wife and help out with household chores. Have always felt guilty about my lack of involvement in these two areas and extra time away from work has blessed me with rare gifts indeed.
As an INFJ, work-life balance is important to me. I love my job, as it allows me to really explore and expand my decade’s worth of experience. I love my daughter and wife, as they are an extension of who I am. I never really understood the significance of a day off, but the four-day workweek is helping me to appreciate the value of time well spent.
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David-John Wayne Bailey is an INFJ from Cape Town, a proud pioneer pilot participant of 4 Day Week SA and an advocate of a four-day week for everyone working in South Africa.