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Embracing Change: Introducing JVS Bay Area’s 4-Day Work Week Pilot Program 

August 28, 2023

JVS staff at the ribbon cutting of the new 1 Post office in January, 2023.
JVS staff attend a ribbon cutting in January, 2023 for the new office located in Downtown San Francisco.

At JVS Bay Area, our dedication to progress extends not only to the services we provide but also to the way we nurture our most valuable asset: our employees. We believe that the conventional 5-day workweek is no longer a reflection of the dynamic and evolving nature of work in the modern world. We are excited to announce our participation in a 6-month trial of a 4-Day workweek model, beginning in September 2023, and facilitated by the international company, 4 Day Work Week Global. Through this trial we are prioritizing impact over hours.  

Redefining Work: A Move Toward Balance & Innovation 

JVS staff members (from left) Jasmin Siguenza, Dominique Stean, and Julissa Ontiveros at the office grand opening.

The traditional 5-day workweek has its roots in an era vastly different from today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world. It served its purpose then, but now, we acknowledge that the continuous pursuit of longer hours does not necessarily equate to heightened productivity. In fact, studies consistently show that employees are productive for only a fraction of the standard workweek, and inefficiencies such as unnecessary meetings and distractions further impede progress and work life balance.  

Studies suggest that fewer work hours can lead to increased focus, higher productivity, and reduced stress. It’s not just about the hours; it’s about the impact. At JVS, we’re focusing on getting meaningful work done efficiently. For us, this is a business improvement strategy. Prior pilots with other companies produced inspiring results: 71% of employees had reduced levels of burnout by the end of the trial, 73% had greater satisfaction, and due to improved business outcomes 92% of organizations permanently implemented the 4-day work week. 

During our pilot, our office will be open Monday-Thursday, and we will be closed on Fridays. Staff will work a slightly decreased schedule for 100% pay and a commitment to maintain at least 100% productivity. Throughout the next six months, we’ll be collecting valuable data to assess how this change affects our employees’ performance, job satisfaction, and overall effectiveness. If the results show positive outcomes, we’ll consider making the 4-day work week a permanent part of our routine. 

JVS’s high quality services will not change, and we remain deeply committed to jobseekers, employer partners, supporters, and our wider community.    

Join Us on the Journey 

JVS staff members Eliyana Dhakal, Jeff Suslow, and Alicia Velez-Rivers at the office grand opening.

We believe that leading the way toward a more efficient and harmonious work model is not only our responsibility but also an opportunity to inspire others. As we embark on this exciting journey, we invite you to follow our progress through regular updates on our social media channels and website. 

Thank you for being part of the JVS community. We value your support and look forward to the positive impact that the 4-day workweek will bring to our team, our services, and the lives we touch. If you have any questions, please contact Bekka Rosenbaum, Chief Strategy Officer, at