4-Day Work Week Pilot

For purposes of improving staff work/life balance, employee retention, job satisfaction, teamwork, and decreased stress levels, HEAL will pilot a 4-day workweek from August 1, 2022, through November 30, 2022.   4-day, 8-hour/day workweeks are associated with happier and less stressed staff, often resulting in improvements to morale and quality of service; however, results vary depending on the organization and labor sector.   

Our goal is to maintain productivity while providing better self-care opportunities, time to rejuvenate, and more time with family and friends so our team is fresh, present, and focused on the needs of the people and communities we serve.   

This trial is designed to measure successes and failures and to work out kinks in operationalizing a 4-day workweek.  While a lot of effort has been made to cover all the factors, it is not likely to be perfect at the start.   

Though the goal is to trial a 4-day workweek until November 30, 2022, if staff find it too unmanageable or unsafe, or HEAL is otherwise unable to meet the needs of the communities and people we serve, leadership may end the pilot prematurely and return to a 5-day workweek. 

We want your feedback – the good and the bad.  If you’ve observed a change in our services for the better or worse, please let us know.  You may contact the Director of Operations and Services at josh@mainehealthequity.org or his direct line at 207-888-2129.   

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