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  • 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. 

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