Established software development company, Green Gorilla Apps, has today announced its plans to trial a 4-day week for all employees, as it continues to implement new ways to create a truly flexible working environment.
The firm, who are industry experts in the development of online and mobile platforms, have confirmed that salaries and contracted hours will remain the same, but this restructuring of the working week will allow employees a greater degree of control over their schedules.
Green Gorilla Apps have long been proponents of flexible and remote working, having initially trialled a flexible model in 2014 to continue attracting the very best talent to the business. They made the switch to a fully remote model in 2015, further increasing the potential talent pool.
The news comes ahead of a nationwide pilot scheme in June, where over 60 UK companies will take part in a 6-month trial of a 4-day week, coordinated with 4-day week global and researchers at Cambridge and Oxford university.
The announcement has received an overwhelmingly positive response from existing employees, noting that the switch to a 4-day week has afforded them an even greater degree of freedom with their work, while new employees cite the company’s culture of balance as a key reason for joining the firm.
Paul Rhodes, Technical Director of Green Gorilla Apps, explained: “The switch to a 4-day working week seemed like a natural one for us to make. Since our inception, we’ve prided ourselves on creating an environment that truly promotes flexibility.
“At Green Gorilla Apps, our focus is on maintaining our high standards of work, not micro-managing when our staff choose to carry out their contracted hours.
“We have successfully created a culture where everyone knows what it expected of them. By openly communicating expectations to employees and clients alike, we are already beginning to reap the benefits of our transition to a 4-day week with increased productivity, performance and staff morale.
“The working landscape has dramatically evolved, and I believe it is up to businesses to adapt to the changing expectations of workers so they can continue to attract and retain the very best.”
Earlier this year, the company launched its tech-for-good platform, WellGiving, designed to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of remote and hybrid employees through fundraising fitness challenges.
The platform has already recorded a staggering 3.5 million minutes of exercise across 1900 participating athletes, with £77,000 raised for 27 charities while still in its beta phase, WellGiving is well on its way to achieving its ambitious plans for 2022 and raising £1 million for charities across the UK, while Green Gorilla Apps continue to make a positive impact on employee wellbeing in their own business and beyond.