We’re delighted to announce a major evolution for our studios: we will be shifting to a 4-day week for all employees. Obviously, we had a few questions for David Anfossi, our Head of Studio. Read on for more details!
The big news is out! Eidos-Montreal and Eidos-Sherbrooke will switch to the 4-day work week. Can you tell us more about this initiative and how the transition will happen?
Yes! This initiative is another step towards the embodiment of the studio’s values, building a healthy, creative, and sustainable work environment for our employees.
Currently, our various teams are working on the development of transition plans to ensure success and maintain the highest standards in the industry. In the next few weeks, the Montreal and Sherbrooke studios will be officially closed on Fridays, without changing the working conditions currently in place nor the salaries of employees, thus switching from the 40-hour week to 32-hour.
Does this mean that the workload of the teams will have to be condensed within 4 days?
The idea is not to condense the working hours into 4 days, but rather to review our ways of doing things and our quality time invested, with the aim of working better! Above all, we want to increase the productivity and well-being of our employees.
Concretely, we want to reduce the time at work, but increase the quality of this time invested, whether it’s on a team-basis or for the studio as a whole. A promising right balance for everything!
We want a real collaborative aspect so that the teams contribute to the transition, each one working to define the parameters and criteria for success for the organization of work and deadlines. We hope that this will eliminate unnecessary time and build on efficiency, for example by reducing internal meetings from one hour to 30 minutes.
How did the idea and the need come about for Eidos-Montreal and Eidos-Sherbrooke to adapt work schedules?
We have been wondering for a while about “How can an ecosystem and a company increase their efficiency without compromising the well-being of their employees?”. With remote working which has transformed the way we collaborate, we had already started an important cultural transition with the implementation of a rest period, access to a personal financial advisor, access to a telemedicine platform, reimbursement of mental health care and physical activity costs.
With the various pilot projects all over the world, whether in Iceland in the civil service or other examples of companies operating in technology industries, the results are conclusive! We are convinced that this renewed management of working time will help cultivate the creativity and motivation of the teams, and become a real driver of innovation and performance.
What concrete changes can someone who wants to work at Eidos-Montreal or Eidos-Sherbrooke expect with this new work structure?
We always have the aim of improving the quality of life at work and the well-being of our employees. The studio aspires to an optimal attraction and retention of its talents, effective recruitment, a reduction in the rate of absenteeism and the rate of sickness, better management of stress and anxiety related to professional performance, while improving the quality of deliverables made by the Eidossians of both studios.
We also continue to focus on employee and family support, flexible hours, rest periods, relocation, reimbursement of physical activity costs and more. See all the details here: https://www.eidosmontreal.com/careers/ and https://www.eidossherbrooke.com/en/careers/