Silk Road Partners Ltd. a corporate advisory and investment company with offices in Colombo and Galle, becomes the first Sri Lankan firm to launch a four-day workweek for all its employees. Employees of the firm will work for four days of the week after which they will enjoy a three-day weekend.
The company’s founder and managing director, Aaron Rusell-Davison, a veteran banker with over 25 years of experience in international finance stated, “With the increasing demands of the modern world, a two-day weekend is insufficient for an individual to attend to their family’s needs, pursue further education, and to get much-needed rest. We want to work better and smarter, rather than focusing on long hours.” He also pointed out that several countries and companies around the world have adopted this type of program and seen considerable gains in productivity, along with an improved work-life balance for their employees.
A four-day workweek presents several benefits both from the employees’ and company’s perspectives. For employees, it offers opportunities for improved mental and physical well-being, a better work-life balance, and increased engagement, while adding a competitive advantage when hiring the best talent and increased employee commitment to the firm to the list of benefits enjoyed by the company.
Shehan Shamalka, a human resources and administration executive for the firm confirmed that the firm will continue to operate as usual without a break in the workflow. Employees will be provided either a Monday or Friday off in any given week based on a roster.
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