Employee wellbeing including mental health is at the core of our organisation. Our people come first and by prioritising their wellbeing, we find we have a fantastic culture, they feel valued as human beings and the balance between work and life is a much healthier one.
As part of our continuous efforts to improve the overall quality of our employees’ lives, in April we will be trialling a 4-day working week for 3 months, with the intention to make it permanent. Whilst the introduction of a 4-day week is not brand new, adoption is still quite rare. A five day week is now an outdated concept and we are proud to be part of a cultural shift that sees organisations moving from measuring based on hours worked, to measuring based on results.
Following the 100:80:100 model, we commit to 100% of the pay, for 80% of the time, in exchange for 100% productivity. Research has shown many benefits to a 4-day week:
We believe that time is the most valuable thing we have and we want to give our employees more of that time back. In March 2022, we changed our working hours from seven and a half hours a day to seven hours a day, with no impact on salary. This reduction gives our teams 10 hours a month back to spend with family, loved ones, doing hobbies or activities, or whatever they feel is important to them.
At Highgate, the phrase ‘work is a thing you do, not a place you go’ is a reality. We are (and always have been) a 100% remote workforce. However, the location of our employees, be that the city, country or continent(!), is irrelevant.
A present from Highgate to our employees, we give everyone their birthday off, so they can celebrate it however they like!
Each month, those opted in to the Highgate book club receive a non-fiction, personal development book in the post, or sent digitally. We actively encourage participants to take a break from their screens and dedicate time to reading and developing. Books we have read so far include ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear and ‘Ego is the Enemy’ by Ryan Holiday.