Working in today’s day in age requires a lot of one person. Working requires you often to have certifications to obtain a job. Working requires a lot of time out of an individual, leaving less time for personal life. Working requires an extensive amount of knowledge centered around technology.
Is there such a thing as a job that provides just as much as it requires out of you? The solution that David Rhoads came up with at Blue Street Capital is the five-hour workday.
THE FIVE HOUR WORKDAY
What sounds like a myth or a false claim is the reality we work in here at Blue Street Capital. every morning our employees are seated at their desks sometime around 8 a.m. and then heading out the door to go home around 1 p.m. “How does this work?” you may ask. Well, it’s quite simple; the idea is that during the 8-hour workday (which is sometimes longer than 8 hours), people tend to waste a lot of that time. Between lunch breaks and water cooler discussions over office gossip, time is wasted. The five-hour workday does not require that this stuff be eliminated from our culture or our office environment, but rather it takes on a different form when you have less time in the day to get your work completed. What does the five-hour workday look like, and how do you finish all of your work in just 5 hours? The answer is deep work.
“Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship.” -Cal Newport in the book Deep Work.
For the five hour workday to work, employees have to band to the idea of deep work. We adopt this principle at Blue Street Capital with 2 hours of deep work to start the day. As an example, most of the office will show up around 7:45 a.m. The first 15 minutes of the day or used to set up your workstation, open any stray emails that may need responding to, and then move into the workday precisely at 8 a.m. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. you will not hear much chatter around the office, besides the phone sales being made. Deep work is what makes the five-hour workday so powerful. As a company, we have the mentality of deep work to start the day. Deep work allows us to condense what would typically be many hours of work into just 2 hours.
There is much more to learn about the five-hour workday and the way that it affects business. Luckily for you, our CEO is a huge fan of podcasts. He’s such a big fan that he’s been a part of many of them throughout his career. he also just so happens to have one on the five-hour workday. Featured below is a link to the podcast The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, where in episode number 10, David Rhoads goes out over the idea of the five-hour workday and how it is been implemented in Blue Street Capital’s culture. We at Blue Street know your time is precious (hence our adaptation of the five-hour workday), so believe us when we promise that this podcast is worth using your time to listen to. Click here to go to the podcast.