Work Four Days a Week to Make Millions

This article written by Treehouse Founder & CEO Ryan Carson got me thinking. It stayed with me and kept creeping up in my mind weeks after I read it.  I posted it on my Facebook, took a poll among friends to see what they thought, and I’ve kept my eye on this innovative CEO.

Then, in the Washington Post in February, Ryan divulged how he works a four-day work week.

What I think stayed with me was Carson’s ability to throw all of the systems we are so comfortable without the window, have the confidence to take a leap of faith and embrace completely new methods of communication and processes for work. Here are my main takeaways:

1. Get rid of managers

Can you believe he got rid of managers?!?  But more importantly, showing trust and belief in your employees and their ability to initiate and take on projects that inspire them allows for stronger output than you could have ever imagined.

2. In-house communication systems

Treehouse’s ability to be creative and access technology outside of email for the best in-house communication and to develop their own technology that allows employees to act on ideas and implement projects themselves allows the Treehouse team to work smarter, not harder.

3. identify push interactions and nix them

I started applying the concept of push versus pull interactions that Ryan discusses. We’ve all been there when a co-worker walks up and starts discussing something work-related while you are in the middle of a project.  I realized this was a push; this recognition allowed me to create better boundaries at work to work more productively.

Changing work in a way that brings the strongest productivity while letting people actually enjoy their personal lives is the Work Muse mission. Smart CEOs like Ryan Carson innovate ways to create a happier, more productive workplace for all and he is doing it on a 32 hour work week!

Isn’t it time for you to unplug from work, put down your work hat and plug into your loved ones, your other interests, and your community.  Job sharing is a smart, innovative way to do just this.


Melissa Nicholson is the Founder & CEO of Work Muse, a job share solutions firm. Job sharing is a partnership between two people to share the responsibilities of one full-time position. Work Muse drives adoption of job sharing in business as a source of competitive advantage while helping individuals find work-life balance. Join the #JobshareRevolution here –– events, resources, and relevant content to empower you in work and life! For more info, hello@workmuse.com.

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