Core working hours
A regular work day has 8h and our core working hours are between 11am and 3pm — this is the time window in which we expect everyone to be in the office working or being available when doing home office, minus a 1h lunch break at 12:30.
So there are basically two slots for synchronous work:
- 11am to 12:30pm
- 1:30pm to 3pm
There might be exceptions on meeting-heavy days, but usually you can decline meetings outside of the two slots if they don’t fit your work schedule.
In detail: Flexibility vs. predictability
We want to enable flexibility around working times, so that people can find their productivity sweet spots that match their personal biorthythm. At the same time we also need to be able to count on everyone being available at certain times. The compromise here is that we define a 4h window between 11am and 3pm – each employee can then extend this window at either end to meet the usual 8h per day. Some scenarios:
- start at 7am, take a 1h hour lunch break and end the day at 4pm
- arrive at 10am, leave at 6pm if you happen to work through your lunch break (don’t do this, you need a break)
- start at 11am, take a 1h lunch break and leave at 8pm
- work between 11am and 3pm and then another four hours later at night
This sounds deceptively simple, but there has been a ton of confusion about this in the past, so here is a visualization:
Working time ≠ arrival time
When we say 11am, we mean that you’re ready to work or attend a meeting at that time. We expect you to calculate your arrival on your own … factor in that you need time to get rid of your jacket, open your laptop, catch your breath and make a coffee. Good rule of thumb: arrive 15mins earlier. This only applies if you’re coming to the office of course.
We all know the joke: “Only working half a day? 😉😉😉” when people leave at 4pm or even 5pm. We strongly discourage this kind of humor because even though no harm is intended, it turns leaving early into an uncomfortable situation which supposedly needs justification. Please keep in mind to not judge people who are leaving at any point in time during the day, because most likely you don’t have the full picture.
- Maybe they intend to continue working from home?
- Maybe they already worked at home early in the morning?
- Maybe they know the next day is going to be a longer one.
- Maybe they arrived earlier than you did?
- Maybe they have a few extra hours to compensate.
- Maybe they have a doctor’s appointment?
A note on meetings
We try to schedule meetings within the 4h core time window, but sometimes that’s not possible and someone tentatively schedules a meeting at, let’s say, 5pm. If you intended to be gone by that time, then simply decline the meeting and talk to the person about it. You can probably find a solution together. It also makes sense to indicate your usual working time in your calendar settings – that way people can see them when they book meetings.