A New Way of Working: Our 4-Day Workweek Experiment

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Amplitude's experiment with a 4-day workweek was a unique journey. It allowed for better work-life balance and productivity, but ultimately the company found a traditional workweek better met its needs. This experience emphasized the importance of flexibility and openness to trying new things to improve work environments.

At Amplitude, we’re constantly on the lookout for ways to innovate, stay ahead of the curve, and make our workplace more efficient and productive. So when we decided to experiment with a 4-day workweek, we knew we were embarking on a unique journey. For six months, we tried out this new work schedule, learning and adapting as we went along. Here’s what went down.

We started by evaluating the needs of our clients and our employees. We didn’t want to compromise on the quality of our work, but we also knew that happy and healthy employees would be more productive and creative. So we decided to give the 4-day workweek a shot. It was an adjustment for everyone involved, but we quickly realized that we needed to be more intentional about how we approached our work. We established clear guidelines, such as avoiding internal meetings on Fridays and not expecting our team members to check emails or respond to work-related communications on their days off. By setting these boundaries, we were able to maintain a healthy work-life balance and still deliver top-notch results for our clients.

Why We Landed on Something Different

As much as we enjoyed the extra day off each week, we ultimately decided to move away from the 4-day workweek structure. We found that some of our clients preferred a more traditional workweek, and we didn’t want to risk losing business by not being available when they needed us. Additionally, some of our employees found it difficult to complete their work in four days and would often end up spending their days off catching up on work. We realized that what works for one company or individual may not work for another, and we needed to ensure that our work schedule aligned with our business needs and employee preferences.

In the end, our 4-day workweek experiment taught us the importance of staying open-minded and flexible. It’s crucial for companies to be willing to try new things and continually evaluate what works and what doesn’t. By doing so, we can find new and innovative ways to improve our work environment, productivity, and overall success.

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