Radio Interview on Good Morning Scotland

Chris Torres

2016-09-01 11:13:00

We actually fit more into our day and we’ve seen an increase in productivity.

Chris recently have an interview with BBC Radio Scotland, discussing our 6 hour work day and how it has changed our outlook on working at Senshi. Below you will find the transcript of the interview on the Good Morning Scotland programme, Radio Scotland. Broadcast 12/08/16.

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Interviewer – Jamie McIvor

Interviewee – Chris Torres, CEO of Senshi Digital

Jamie McIvor: “Good morning again. And all these pressures some people have with shift work and anti social hours, many companies are under pressure to make sure their staff achieve a good life/work balance. Last year, many Swedish companies introduced a six hour day, and claimed it increased profits and productivity. Senshi Digital in Glasgow became, we think, the first Scottish firm to do the same this year. Chris Torres is the company’s founder, and he’s the guy that was behind this move and he joins us now. Morning to you, Chris.”

Chris Torres: “Morning.”

JMI: “So, the six hour day, it came in in March. How’s it going?”

CT: “It’s going extremely well. I’m actually very surprised at how well it’s going. It’s like I said to you before, I’ve seen so many benefits to it, with productivity and everything else; it’s been great. It’s been really good.

JMI: “How do you fit everything into a six hour day?”

CT: “We do. We actually fit more in the day. Like I say, we’ve seen an increase in productivity. There've been no challenges at all with trying to fit the work in. We’ve done it extremely well.”

JMI: “And, is that because people are more motivated with fewer hours, or does it mean you just plan your day better. Maybe less of the downtime, less sitting about, waiting for something to happen, or nipping off for ten minutes to have a conversation. Working harder when you do work, but spread over fewer hours?”

CT: “Yes, definitely. We’ve seen, basically, that the guys fit in more of the work in the time, and they spend less time mucking about on Facebook, or that type of thing that you would normally get. We’ve actually seen that you can fit in more work within those times by working to specific tasks in forty five minute sprints. We’ve managed to fit more in within that timeframe.”

JMI: “It maybe works for your company, but do you think it could work for any company? Any organisation? I was thinking here, say, in jobs like what we have here in the BBC. Sometimes it’s reactive, so you look back at the end of the week and thinking, ‘there was a couple of hours where I was sitting and doing nothing, and I could have slipped away early’ but you don’t necessarily feel that way at the time.”

CT: “Yeah, I’ve seen it work very, very well.”

JMI: “Would it work for any company?”

CT: “Yes, I think it would.”

JMI: “In a job like mine, you can’t always be sure what the working day will bring, so you have to react to things as they happen. But, obviously, in some other businesses, it much more proactive so you can...”

CT: “I think it can work for any sort of industry and any type of business, to be fair. I think it’s just how you restructure that day. It’ll be different for each different type of business but, for our business definitely, the forty five minute sprint works very well.”

JMI: “Now, tell us about the way it works in practice, you know, between screen breaks, coffee breaks, and so on, to get people that bit of a boost during the day.”

CT: “Well, like I say, every forty five minutes, we take a five minute break, so they take a step away from their machines, take a screen break, as you say, make a coffee, just generally chat before they go back to do the next forty five minute sprint.”

JMI: “And, as you say, finished by half past three in the afternoon.”

CT: “That’s correct.”

JMI: “Does that have any disadvantage, the fact that you’re effectively closing for business ninety minutes before the end of the normal working day?”

CT: “Not really, no. We had the added challenge that around 70% of our business is actually from outside the UK, so I was always a bit worried with how that would work with those types of customers. But it’s not been a challenge at all. It’s actually, like I say, I’ve been extremely surprised at how well it has actually worked.”

JMI: “I suppose one really interesting question here, and I know it’s early days, but whether it can lead to more loyalty in the company, because people are earning a full time wage for a thirty hour week. And, presumably, they’ve got much more time for the rest of their lives, and hobbies, interests, in some cases maybe childcare or other factors like that?”

CT: “Yeah, definitely. I mean, we’ve got a couple of guys in there who are gym nuts, so they’ve got to spend more time in the gym. And we’ve got a gym round the corner. And I’ve got a young family, got a seven month old baby, so having that extra time with my family, and be able to help brining up the family, bringing up my son has been immense, to be honest, and I can recommend to anyone.”

JMI: “And do you feel less exhausted at the end of the working week than you might have been otherwise?”

CT: “Yeah, you do. It’s less stressful, less exhausting, you miss the rush hour in the morning, and at night, so it’s great in that sort of sense, and before you know it, you get home, and you’re spending a bit of time, and you look at the clock and it’s only just gone five o’clock, and you’ve still got the rest of the night to...”

JMI: “And if a company were thinking of going down this route, what would they need to think about first, before they made a shift like this?”

CT: “They just need to think about how they’re going to structure their day, how they can fit in the projects, or whatever it is they’re doing into that sort of time and then structure their day around the products, or the services that they’re offering. As long as they do that, and they plan that properly, then I don’t see why it couldn’t work.”

JMI: “Chris thanks very much for joining us. Chris Torres there, from Senshi Digital in Glasgow.”

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