back to article Ozzy app maker cancels hump day: We've tripled profits! scream slackers

Wednesday, colloquially known as "hump day", tends to be regarded as the toughest of the working week. Furthest from the weekend in either direction, distracted eyes flit constantly clockwards in anticipation of medicinal refreshment or simply just leaving a bureaucratic hellhole. So one app maker has sacked the whole thing …

  1. Alister Silver badge

    the firm claimed revenues have somehow grown 30 to 40 per cent and profits tripled during the year-long experiment.

    If you can achieve that with just one day off in the week, think how much you could do with 2 days off!

    1. Semtex451 Silver badge

      Sorry but three 12.5 hour days?

      To me even four 9.375 hour days has less appeal than 5 normal days.

      ...wait, I am already working 9 hours a day, doh

      1. Timmy B Silver badge

        I'd happily do three 12.5 hour days for a 4 day weekend. It sounds like a great idea.

        Until I get a call for something only I can fix...

      2. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        For years, my family lived in the Boston area while my father worked in New York City. His firm flew him out to New York on Monday morning, flew him back on Thursday evening, and he had a three-day weekend every week.

        It worked out great for us kids - we saw him Friday before and after school, and all weekend. He liked it too, so much so that sometimes he didn't even go back to the hotel but slept and showered at work, when they were dealing with a particularly tough issue or tight deadline.

        It's not a schedule for everyone, but we all liked it much better than when he returned to working locally and doing the usual morning/evening commute.

        When I was working for a small firm I'd often put in long hours, and so would most of the other employees. That sort of "heroic development" can actually be fun when you're interested in the work and you don't have a lot of outside distractions like a family of your own. One memorable summer I worked 64 days straight, typically for 10 or so hours each day, and most nights spent a few hours hanging out with friends. I couldn't do that now (I was more resilient in my 20s), but at the time I was having a blast.

    2. Charles Calthrop

      will post a brilliant reply tomorrow

    3. TeeCee Gold badge

      Why not go the whole hog rather than fiddling about?

      Work no days at all in the week and be so productive that your work effectively does itself.

  2. Def Silver badge

    Wouldn't fly around here

    Our CEO likes to think we're still a "startup" (we've been going for over four years now) with all the negative workaholic connotations those quotes bring to the party.

    1. Headley_Grange Silver badge

      Re: Wouldn't fly around here

      I guess we've all been there. I used to work for a tech company which celebrated its 60th anniversary with a free mug for all employees and a new mission statement to say that we'd start acting like a small start-up, crush bureaucracy and free the creativity. Unless you wanted to get a hotel for a business stay (boss and director's sig plus mandated list of cheap hotels so far from some customers' sites that taxis or hire cars were sometimes needed). Or hire a car (all living grandparents and a close relative of Noah had to sign before the directors would even consider it). Or buy the analysis tool that the customer specced and paid for (two alternatives and market justification required before directors signed the req. cos them were the rules for spend over a certain limit). Or....etc. - I'm sure you've been there.

      This was in the days before bean bags, hammocks and free canteens, so our expectations were never raised much beyond life getting a bit easier (it didn't). Free overtime was, of course, not a problem.

      1. doublelayer Silver badge

        Re: Wouldn't fly around here

        I once worked at a place that managed to be semilarge and still have a startup environment, actually a rather pleasant one. I think they mostly managed it by having smaller offices in many places, so there were only about 200 people where I worked. The nice thing about their scheduling system was that they really didn't care when you did the work as long as you were there for or called into any meetings and worked for the specified amount of time. You could do some long days and take most or all of a day off. You also didn't have many meetings, and most of them were small and could be organized to give you the flexibility to take time off.

        1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

          Re: Wouldn't fly around here

          When I worked for a startup, they didn't even care how many hours we worked, as long as the work got done (right). My brother and I were both working there and sharing an apartment, and we'd often roll in just before lunch, then stay until midnight or so. We met our commitments to the customers and other employees, so no harm done.

          I know there's a widespread belief that long working hours are somehow inherently bad. It's wrong. Work can be pleasing and self-actualizing. While I have my leisure-time activities - reading, hiking, playing with my granddaughters, spending time with my wife and daughter, socializing with friends - I spend most of my waking hours working on my job or on self-appointed tasks like home DIY. And for 30+ years that's worked out just great.

  3. Solarflare

    So let's see here

    Pro

    I get every Wednesday off, the working week is broken up and I get a day to myself

    Con

    That day off is in Austrailia, so I'm likely to be eaten by some terrifying wildlife.

    Hmm...deadly spiders and dropbears have to ruin everything.

    1. Alister Silver badge

      Re: So let's see here

      deadly spiders and dropbears

      And the roos, and the crocodiles, and the snakes, and the sheep, don't forget the sheep!

      :)

      1. Erix

        Re: So let's see here

        The sheep's a liar!

    2. Is It Me

      Re: So let's see here

      Don't forget the jelly fish issue if you go for a swim Box Jellyfish and Irukandji Jellyfish

    3. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

      Re: So let's see here

      And Emus.

      1. tiggity Silver badge

        Re: So let's see here

        Never mind the emus, be wary of meeting a Cassowary in a bad mood

        1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

          Re: So let's see here

          Australia hasn't lost a war against cassowaries.

        2. navidier

          Re: So let's see here

          @tiggity:

          Never mind the emus, be wary of meeting a Cassowary in a bad mood

          Indeed!

          https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/14/cassowary-attack-giant-bird-kills-owner-in-florida-after-he-fell

          1. Adam 1 Silver badge

            Re: So let's see here

            Yes, cassowaries can be dangerous. It is best to keep your distance and keep well clear of their chicks. But for perspective here we have never lost a war to them.

            1. Francis Boyle Silver badge

              Re: So let's see here

              That's because we're too smart to start a war with them. It'd be like Jurassic Park and we'd all be that guy from Seinfeld.

      2. iron Silver badge

        Re: So let's see here

        It's the Rod Hulls you really have to watch out for!

        1. Huw D

          Re: So let's see here

          "It's the Rod Hulls you really have to watch out for!"

          I thought they were extinct.

  4. Zarno
    Happy

    Wednesday is pay day for me, so it's actually something to look forward to.

  5. baud

    > Most famously, France has a legally mandated 35-hour week.

    Well, it depends on the contract: employee who are paid per hour will have the limit, plus any overtime; but a lot of contract in IT are paid by days worked, like mine, with the assumption that I'll be working overtime (that is over the 35h/week limit), which automatically entitle me to some additional paid vacation (2 weeks per year)

  6. iron Silver badge

    "Blackham started the business 10 years ago... The firm is only two years old"

    I know numbers are hard when the blood is rushing to your head because you're upside down but those are two mutually exclusive statements.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Case law...?

      Damn your decimal-centric attitutdes...

      ...It works in binary...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Case law...?

        The IT angle ?

  7. Huw D

    Aussie, surely?

    1. Charlie van Becelaere

      Something to do with the date line, no doubt.

  8. Sebastian.Q.Ostragoth

    the Kiwis have been at it too...

    From last year.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/02/no-downside-new-zealand-firm-adopts-four-day-week-after-successful-trial

  9. Adam 1 Silver badge

    > "By the time we get to Thursday it's like a Monday again. You get a new feeling of enthusiasm and cracking on with work, collaboration."

    Um. Can someone let her know that feelings of enthusiasm and cracking on with work collaboration have been associated with Mondays by precisely no-one.

  10. Cuddles Silver badge

    Not generally applicable

    It's all very well for a "voice experience agency", whatever that means, to slack off for a day, but there are an awful lot of people who have set shifts for good reason. Try working at a facility operating 24/7 and see how well it goes when you suggest everyone stays at home on the same day. Or try literally anywhere in retail where people actually expect shops to open - hell, the article even notes that people at Versa are supposed to do all their admin and shopping on a Wednesday, which means they rely on everyone else not doing the same. There are plenty of arguments in favour of more flexible working in general, but this idea is far too simplistic and relies both on the vast majority of people not doing it, and on being a company where no-one actually cares if you exist or not - great for an irrelevant app developer, not so great if every power station in the country shuts down for the day.

  11. Gwaptiva

    I sure hope my boss doesn't get any ideas; I already have to suffer through 2 days a week (plus 30-odd days a year on top of that) that show me I have no friends

  12. Daedalus Silver badge

    Familiar concept

    Next thing you know they'll be suggesting that shops close early on Wednesday!!

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