Core working hours

A regular work day has 8h and our core working hours are between 10am and 4pm — this is the time window in which we expect everyone to be in the office working or being available when doing home office, minus the lunch break.

Flexibility vs. predictability

We want to enable flexibility around working times, but we also need to be able to count on everyone being available at certain times. The compromise here is that we define a 6h window between 10am and 4pm – each employee can then extend this window at either end to meet the usual 8h per day. Some scenarios:

  • arrive at 8am, take a 1h hour lunch break and leave at 5pm
  • arrive at 9am, leave at 5pm if you happen to work through your lunch break (don’t do this, you need a break)
  • start at 10am, take a 1h lunch break and leave at 7pm

This sounds deceptively simple, but there has been a ton of confusion about this in the past, so here is a visualization:

Diesdasdigital Work Times

The most confusing diagram to visualize a work day ever. Enjoy. 💁

Working time ≠ arrival time

When we say 10am, 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.

Don’t judge!

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 6h 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.