After an 18-month pilot, STOPAIDS has become one of the first charity in England to implement a 28-hour working week. The results from the pilot conveyed that shorter working hours has improved staff well-being, better mental health and improved health overall.
STOPAIDS began a 6-month pilot of the 28-hour week in October 2019. Staff retained the same amount of pay but with a reduced working time of 28-hours per week. We set up a a pilot with key performance indicators and hired an external evaluator. We evaluated initially after 6 months, just as Covid-19 had hit, and decided to extend the pilot so that we could see how our fundraising and long-term advocacy outcomes might be impacted.
In April 2021, we completed a second independent evaluation and presented the findings to our board of trustees. The findings showed that staff workplace stress had decreased from the baseline; all staff reported a better work-life balance and better well-being and the organisational outcomes improved or remained the same. This policy has also encouraged staff recruitment and retention.
Our Director Mike spoke about the 28-hour week at a Bond conference, you can find the recording here. You can read more in the Devex article here and in The Independent. Keep an eye on this page for further updates.
N.B The Independent article is behind a paywall.