- Beacon Founder David Simpson initially rolled his eyes at the idea of a four-day workweek.
- Since implementing the schedule, he’s seen an increase in employee satisfaction.
- There have been some trade-offs. Here’s his story, as told to writer Robin Madell.
This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with David Simpson, the 35-year-old founder and CTO of the London-based company Beacon, which builds CRM software for charities. The following has been edited for length and clarity.
I started Beacon almost four years ago and began thinking about switching to a four-day workweek for all 13 of my employees in November 2021, when a friend of mine started a new tech-lead role with a four-day workweek.
My first reaction was a combination of envy and eye-rolling. But after chatting with him, I came to understand how life-changing the switch had been for him, and it’s something I found myself wanting for myself and for my team.