How to change the future of mobility with a 4-hour-week | Andreas Stückl, Co-Founder Bike Citizens

#CulturalChange — Humans Of New Work

It’s time to reimagine urban environments. Are we ready to take the next evolutionary step towards emission-free cities? As co-founder of route planner and cycling app, Bike Citizens, Andreas Stückl is calling for a paradigm shift from clientele policy to courage to change.

Being a former bike courier, Andreas has always had a conscientious relationship with his city. Since founding Bike Citizens, he’s followed a vision of inspiring more people to cycle using app technologies. Despite moments of fleeting fears and worries, the startup has managed to pave the way to profitability without the support of investors. The core drive has remained constant and has created a common culture within the company — to make a significant contribution to the development of a livable city.

“We’re a bunch of individualists, former teachers, photographers, physicists, economists, humanists — the list goes on. We’re cultivating an exceptionally colorful culture of discussion, speaking at the same level, laughing and crying together. We need to make sure to take the startup spirit into the next business capital with all its pros and cons.”

A year ago, Bike Citizens won the XING New Work Award and is still practicing the four-day workweek. Following an employee’s suggestion, the company shifted its working model to a 36-hour week. To this day the teams still share a very positive response, and Andreas is equally confident about the change.

“Friday has become the new Saturday, where Saturday now is the new Sunday. Increasing quality lifetime is tremendously motivating as our energy can be fully recharged by Monday morning. Our three-day absence fuels our creative output, one of our most essential success factors.”

The effects a shared vision are a critical part of the company’s culture. Employees are the backbone of all achievements, making their well-being top priority. In the future, Andreas hopes for a similar, people-centered approach to the company’s activities.

“I don’t want to be paid for our product portfolio, but for the holistic social effect achieved by the solutions we provide. If we’re able to realize a change in people’s mobility and behavior, it would directly affect the quality of life in urban regions in a positive way.”

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