Environmental consultant signs up to 4-day week pilot programme

Birmingham landscape planning, ecology and arboriculture consultancy, Tyler Grange says it has become the first in its industry to sign up to the 4-day week pilot programme.

From June, each of Tyler Grange’s six UK offices including Birmingham and Mancherster, will be closed on Fridays. Every member of the 80-strong team will have the opportunity to rest and recuperate after a busy week, take on any community or voluntary work, or further their training.

More than 3,000 workers at 60 companies across the UK are taking part in the trial.

In association with 4-Day Week Global, UK think tank Autonomy and researchers at Cambridge University, Boston College and Oxford University, the pilot programme will initially run for six months and will see reduced hours but no loss of income for Tyler Grange’s employees.

Jonathon Berry, Tyler Grange Sales Director

Jonathan Berry the sales director and director of people, places & purpose at Tyler Grange said: “Our discussions around this initiative began four years ago. Like many people in our industry – including our competitors and clients – we were pretty tired. Talks within the team were framed around how busy we were, and how much we needed to do, and a lack of time for actually living.

“The pilot programme made it clear that the time to act is now. We know the employee wellbeing benefits and we know that productivity can increase by up to 15%.

“We expect to see reduced absences, and fundamentally, an increase in productivity. It also coincides with our journey towards becoming a B-Corp, for which we are hoping to achieve accreditation later in 2022.”

Tyler Grange has created an app that employees will use daily to monitor alertness and fatigue alongside productivity, efficiency and hours worked will continually be monitored through the firm and 4-Day Week Global.

Office opening hours are being increased Monday to Thursday from 8:30 to 18:00 but not hours worked. The extra office hours will be used to help transition the team to a four-day week, making it a smooth process for employees and clients.