Motio moves to a nine-day fortnight

Ashley Regan
By Ashley Regan | 4 August 2022
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Place-based and audience experience media company Motio is moving to a nine-day fortnight following a three-month trial.

The Motio team grappled with the concept of a four-day work week, before opting for a nine-day fortnight.

The Sydney based company has a growing team of 27 members, all of whom are happy to take on a heavier load over nine days to have every second Friday off.

Adam Cadwallader, CEO of Motio said: “We wanted to take the best of lockdown and frankly, ditch the worst of it.

“Our team have been delighted to be back in the office and working together, but this has added a real level of excitement and a definite change in productivity for the better.

“We are doing it nine months of the year with December, January and April exempt giving team members around 18 additional days to enjoy throughout the year, and an additional three weeks off if you lined the days up”.

The company offers the new nine-day fortnight without any change in pay or conditions, but there are a few rules and some adjustments.

The company is split into two groups, with a buddy system in place to ensure customers or enquiries don’t slip through the cracks.

Gordon D’Mello, product and marketing manager at Motio was extremely excited about the recent changes but conceded that perhaps once or twice throughout the year staff may choose a work from home scenario to ensure that productivity is maintained.

“We are a small, growing business and we want to keep it that way, but everyone is totally pumped for the extra time to refuel and re-energize.

“It’s that flexibility to balance your work, while understanding the power of in-person office collaboration, all with a tangible reward in the extra time off that has certainly got me excited for the year ahead."

Motio is far from taking a leaf out of Elon Musk’s (who wants everyone to be in the office) book, but the company does like the team to be in the office when possible.

Cadwallader said: “I totally understand people wanting to work from home, and for larger businesses that can certainly work.

"For Motio, we have a view that growth is every day and whilst the flexibility is always there if people need it, working in the office certainly has a positive knock-on effect for our business.”

While D’Mello said the idea that people need to be at their desk to be seen as "working" is ridiculous, communication would be key to making the concept a success.

D’Mello said: “We know what we need to do, we have excellent management systems in place and the team can measure and self-regulate what they need to do.

“I believe in our team here, and as long as we communicate it’s going to be a great program for Motio and our team.”

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