Supercomputer and AI solution provider rotation code has announced that it will implement a 4-day work week starting July 23, 2021.
This potentially makes it the first company in Malaysia to announce that it does, although if we talk about Malaysian companies doing 4-day workweeks, one that has been doing so since December 2020 is headquartered in Australia. Commission Factory.
While Commission Factory let its employees decide for themselves which workday they want to take off, Twistcode has stated that its employees will work Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is not as flexible as the Commission Factory implementation, but it is still a bold move for a Malaysian company. At most, we’ve seen some of them announce permanent WFH for employees, such as Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).
A leap not made by many Malaysian entrepreneurs
Since its founding in 2006, Twistcode has specialized in supercomputing, using self-assembled GPU-based supercomputers to facilitate its services and solutions.
Today, the Cyberjaya-based company offers artificial intelligence solutions, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) and high-performance computing application development. So far he has collaborated with various government agencies.
Because their work seems to be based primarily on the client, there is the question of how expectations will be managed. On his Facebook post ad, however, assured that its online services will continue as usual and that no changes will be made in the execution of its roadmap.
This leads us to believe that the team has reflected on how it can make it work and that they already have proper procedures in place to ensure that their work is not interrupted. To add, founder and CEO Nurazam Malim shared on LinkedIn that employee salaries will not be affected.
It seems like an easy thing to accomplish, but implementing new SOPs and ensuring that employees comply with them is by no means a simple challenge.
People’s behaviors can be unpredictable, which is why not many employers are yet willing to make that leap, especially during the pandemic.
Is there already concern about employee productivity while WFH or remote work, and more the concept of working fewer hours? It seems counterintuitive to do things.
Still, the statistics say otherwise
There are distractions in the workplace, even more so when many of us work on computers today. Various studies abroad have shown that employees can lose 35 minutes to 3 hours of their time in a workday, excluding lunch breaks and scheduled rest times.
At best, we lose about 2.5 hours of work each week; at worst, we are losing 15 hours of work in a week. This means a day of work dedicated to browsing websites, working on other non-essential projects, and so on.
Therefore, there is a possibility that a 4-day work week may mitigate this loss of time. Now employees will need to make sure their work is done in a shorter period of time, but they may be more motivated to do so knowing they have an extra day off each week to wait.
Of course, these factors can vary from company to company. Employees need to make sure they don’t just accumulate work every 5 days in 4 days and they need to actively communicate with their seniors to manage their workload intelligently.
Proper management would be crucial to success
It is unclear whether Twistcode intends to implement the 4-day work week as a permanent official work schedule or whether things will change after the pandemic.
For now, it is simply said that this change is “until further notice.” Hopefully, your employees won’t find themselves working overtime on their four business days.
With proper management, it is a strategy that can increase the efficiency of the company while attracting more and more young talent.
However, one thing we noted was that, through the Glassdoor and JobStreet reviews for the company, “mismanagement” was a common accusation. It is unclear how recent the comments on Glassdoor are, but the reviews on JobStreet they are at least 7 months old.
Nurazam acknowledged that Twistcode practices minimal supervision in the workplace, which may have caused some employees to perceive this as mismanagement. Simply put, one could say that there was a mismatch of expectations.
But if you want to do these reviews at face value, just a 4-day work week won’t make employees happier or more productive, nor will it prevent possible exhaustion as Twistcode claims.
To get meaningful results from this change, Twistcode should: a) make sure its talents are right for the company, and b) correct any alleged gaps in its management strategies. If all goes according to plan, the company could share more details of its weekly 4 working day strategies so that more Malaysian employers can take an example.
Featured Image Credit: Nurazam Malim, founder and CEO of Twistcode