The four and a half-day work week for Balance Chartered Accountants

At Balance Chartered Accountants ‘better business’ means a sustainable business that thrives now and well into the future, while also looking out for others – profit, people, & the planet.  This applies to the business advice we provide to customers as well as to our own operations.

We are set to move to a four and half-day working week, kicking off on March 5, 2021. As keen advocates of finding new ways to work smarter and more efficiently, our research and internal debate led us towards this decision.

We’ve decided that Friday afternoon will be the day when our office is closed for regular accounting and advisory services and believe that this approach should improve how we deliver positive outcomes to our clients.

Why are we doing this?

We’ve considered several factors and are led by the fact that we want to continue to improve our offering. Here are a few we’ve considered:

  • Innovative ideas excite us, and we wanted to try something different for our industry.
  • Recent research points to a rise in productivity with a four and half-day week and we think this is a ‘win-win’ for us and our clients.
  • The people factor – we believe that our team will thrive and be happier and more engaged at work.
  • We are looking to become an industry leader in areas of social wellbeing, environmental care and agile working environments. We must live it!

In a world where we all seek balance and there are increasing demands on our time, a more focused work week makes sense. We believe this fresh approach will help our talented team find better ways to deliver our services. But this doesn’t affect the nature of the services that we provide. As always, we remain committed to providing high-level advisory and accounting outcomes.

In short, how will this work?

The four and half-day working week will begin on Friday March 5, 2021.

Our hours remain 8.30 to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday.

On Friday our offices will be closed form 12 noon for regular business.

We would appreciate your feedback on this approach, so let us know if you have any concerns.

In an ‘accounting emergency’ on a Friday you’ll still be able to contact any of us by phone for urgent service.

Let’s make 2021 a year for opportunity and growth!