“We look at the past and the present.” This is how Gestoret CEO, Evanil Paula, justifies why Minas Gerais fintech has chosen to reduce the working hours of its employees from 40 hours to 32 hours per week, which means an extra day of rest for employees.
Citing the past, Evanel compares the tiring five-day workday to Fordism, a production model that gained stature in the first half of the 20th century, marked by the automation of work. Nowadays, in a new reality dictated above all by technology, attachment to old production models ignores the present and, above all, the future. Therefore, highlights the CEO, it is necessary to “rethink this format.”
“It was really an old dream to reduce the work day. It brought up the discussion within the company, considering it really productive, and how well the team is performing. [o serviço] is another way to compensate them,” Evanel Paula said in an interview with UOL.
“Friday is already a day when people get tired and at a different pace. With an extra day of rest, people will arrive on Monday more prepared,” he added.
Gestoret is a fintech company established 15 years ago in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, operating as a payment institution and as a credit, finance and investment firm. The work is carried out by 298 employees, accustomed to the “work culture” that allowed working hours to be reduced from five to four days.
The day off is Friday, when fintech will operate on an on-demand schedule, with shifts between different regions, with some employees having a day off on Monday and others on Friday.
“Anyway, everyone will work 32 hours. There are four 8-hour days,” Paola said. The businessman said that the new way of working came into effect this month, “and the company will analyze its developments after a period of six months.”
With the contractual adjustment that allowed hours to be cut, without implying a salary cut or loss of benefits already on offer, employees were “disbeliever,” and the search for people interested in working for the company grew, the CEO says.
“The day we talked and talked about the news, the collaborators were in disbelief. After that, the movement of the collaborators on LinkedIn was impressive, they all posted testimonials, one nicer than the other,” he declared, emphasizing that, after the news, “the appeal rule “Gestãonet” increased by 100%.
He added, “We gained 10,000 followers in the week we announced the news on social networks. The effects in terms of retention and well-being are already clear.”
Countries experience a 4 day trip
Reality is still emerging in Brazilbut defended by unions as long as it does not curtail workers’ rights, the four-day working day with three days off has been tested in other countries for some time now, and the results are positive, which indicates an increased commitment to this novelty, leading to improvements in The health of workers, especially when indications are that excessive working hours are causing thousands of deaths annually.
According to data from a survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), which was released last year, About 745,000 people die each year from stroke and heart disease associated with long working hours.
Brazil ranks fourth in the list of countries where up to 4% of the population is exposed to long hours of 55 or more hours per week. In general, Brazil has one of the least stressful journeys in the world, when compared to countries with a heavy percentage, affecting more than 33% of the population – according to the survey, the residents of Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region are most affected by long working hours.
Research has found that working 55 hours or more per week is associated with a 35% increased risk. brain attack (stroke) and a 17% higher mortality rate from heart disease, compared to 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Among the fatal victims, three-quarters were middle-aged or older men.
When not killed, an excessive work day can lead to Burnout syndrome, characterized by occupational burnout, which consists of a type of chronic stress, which causes emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and decreased sense of accomplishment..
Exhaustion syndrome was first described in the 1970s, and since then it has become an increasingly debated topic. The World Health Organization is already highlighting the syndrome as a serious health problem in modern times, Officially recognized as an occupational disease.
In this sense and in pursuit of a better quality of life for workers, countries like Portugal, Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, etc., are testing this new model in order to reduce working hours, but not suffer a loss in achieving the desired results and goals.
For Evanil Paula, of Gestoret, reducing working hours will become a natural when companies adopt “a more attentive view of employees, bringing them closer to work,” so that everyone “works with the same goal, to add value, not only financial, but also in terms of well-being, to understand the needs daily life and meet the demands of everyday life.
“From this alignment of goals, reducing working hours is natural. And it doesn’t make sense to have a large workload if the team has that kind of involvement,” Evanel concluded.
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