So much research is supporting the four-day working week – not only for improving the wellbeing and mental health of employees, but also improved productivity and performance.

Sadly, however, many organisations that support a four day week for their people, don’t allow it to play out in reality. Calls and emails starting with “I know it’s your day off/non-working day today but could you just….?”, increase the working hours and the working week of their people and this is impacting on stress, engagement, happiness and performance all of which have health and business consequences.

Peterborough’s Chrysalis Crew – known for doing things differently, will therefore close on Monday’s from 1st January and operate a four-day working week for all of their people from Tuesday to Friday.

Crew members will continue to be paid for a 35-hour working week, but will only work 32 hours and there won’t be an impact to annual leave allowances.

Chrysalis were recently awarded IiP Gold in their first ever assessment with many areas already in the Platinum stream and are, so far, the only organisation in the UK to submit a ‘time to change’ action plan to support their pledge and not receive any additional comments or amendments.

Founder Kelly Swingler says “It’s important for us to live what we do for our clients in our own organisation. Saying one thing and doing another is inauthentic and goes against our values. The research on the four-day working week is encouraging and as wellbeing plays such a vital role in how we work and what we do, we had to look at how we could make it work for us”.

She continues “We’re all looking forward to an extra day off and on a personal level it will give me more time to help in more local secondary schools and I’ll also be able to fit a yoga class or two in on a Monday”.

What a great way to start the new year!


Not one for thinking outside the box – mainly because she believes there isn’t one, Kelly founded Chrysalis in 2014 after being appointed as the UK’s Youngest HR Director (something she was told she couldn’t achieve with two young sons), after feeling that consultancy needed to more people and less process-driven because – well that’s what gives consultants a bad reputation.

Through her consulting, coaching, talks, presentations, workshops and books, she rips up the rule book and helps people create what’s best for them, their teams and their organisations – not what’s best for their competitors.