BC Unclaimed has launched a four-day work week pilot

August 29, 2023

Here at BC Unclaimed we are happy to announce we have begun a four-day work week pilot. In recent years, numerous organizations in British Columbia and around the world have participated in four-day work week trials. The results of these initiatives have shown that staff reported increased happiness and engagement both at work and within their communities. Remarkably, these positive outcomes were achieved while maintaining or even improving organizational productivity. We are convinced that these benefits merit investing in our own pilot project.

Throughout this pilot phase, our operating hours and service standards will remain unchanged. Services will continue to be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During this period, our staff will adopt flexible and slightly extended work hours. This adjustment aims to provide our staff with more concentrated work time in addition to our regular public service hours. While we will have reduced staff available on Mondays and Fridays, the public and our stakeholders can expect the same or better accessibility and quality of service.

Another objective of our pilot program is to emphasize professional development and continuous learning. Throughout the pilot, our staff will adhere to a 32-hour workweek spread across four days, with an additional three hours dedicated to professional development each month. We firmly believe that this initiative will not only help offset any potential reduction in work hours but also contribute to the growth and enhancement of our staff's skill sets.

The success of our pilot will be evaluated at the end of February 2024. To achieve this, we have established key performance indicators that will serve as benchmarks for evaluating productivity and employee well-being throughout the duration of the pilot. This data-driven approach will facilitate the monitoring of the pilot's progress and provide valuable insights to guide our decisions about what the future of work will look like at BC Unclaimed.

If you have any inquiries or would like to share your thoughts, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at info@bcunclaimed.ca. We value your feedback as we navigate through this exciting pilot phase.

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