Welsh CGI and animation manufacturing home Bomper Studio has made a progressive transfer and has voted to stay with a 4-day work week after a profitable trial.
Bomper, a standard Welsh colloquial time period that means “to be huge/ daring”, has at all times been on the forefront of exploring new methods of working – each creatively but additionally in its construction, processes and tradition.
“Our credo is to embrace our pure curiosity and problem our ambitions in crafting our greatest work” says Emlyn Davies, Government Inventive Director at Bomper.
Integral to this for the Welsh studio has been creating a spot designed to foster greatness, the place gifted people are empowered to do their greatest work with little or no of their means.
“There’s little doubt that it’s everybody’s concepts, expertise, and vitality that has helped the studio develop and obtain so many formidable productions, and we’re completely dedicated to enabling the very best in everybody”.
Bomper Studio is totally self-funded, which has been extremely vital in offering freedom to form the corporate and its enterprise practices. Over the previous 4 years, Bomper has persistently spent 1 / 4 of its income on analysis and improvement.
“It’s this in-house improvement that has enabled the studio to develop, and it’s ingrained within the studio’s ethos of curiosity and experimentation” provides Emlyn.
It’s this philosophy which has paved the way in which for Bomper to introduce new methods of working and with a greater work-life steadiness for his or her workforce. The studio has at all times paid time beyond regulation and up to now few years, has launched versatile working hours, distant working, and hybrid working. With the success of these additions, Bomper says a 4-day working week trial simply felt pure.
“Versatile working choices and time beyond regulation pay can convey many nice advantages, however we needed to ensure we have been doing all we may to stop burnout and supply a wholesome steadiness for our workforce, and offering a wholesome steadiness for our workforce. A four-day working week permits our workforce to have an additional day to loosen up, with extra time for hobbies or to spend with family members, to recharge and to in the end give attention to their well-being”.
Ceri Davies, Studio and HR supervisor at Bomper.
Over the previous 6 months, the studio has been closed each Friday, however with no discount in pay and non-compressed hours. Whereas manufacturing has traditionally been involved about how condensed work weeks influence assembly schedules and deadlines, Bomper has really discovered that the workforce has labored effectively, with no reported points or decline within the high quality of labor or assembly deadlines, and the studio delivering the identical quantity of labor and progress. To efficiently implement the brand new means of working, the workforce labored collectively to create practices that promoted deep work resembling utilizing display screen house successfully, eradicating distractions as a lot as doable (by way of muting non-essential notifications), creating focus music playlists, and guaranteeing conferences have been extra organised.
The outcomes – which have been obtained by way of KPI measures, in addition to consumer and employees surveys – have been overwhelmingly constructive, with the workforce citing higher work-life steadiness and elevated productiveness and creativity. “It’s really a win-win state of affairs as not solely has our output elevated however in the end, with a extra wholesome work-life steadiness, our workforce is happier, which in flip has led to a extra centered work-week” provides Ceri.
This daring transfer aligns with Bomper’s mission to form the way forward for the inventive trade in Wales and encourage the subsequent era. The choice to stay with the 4-day workweek is a testomony to Bomper’s dedication to innovation and work-life steadiness.
Ceri explains, “We hope this encourages extra companies to work in direction of this mannequin and shake up what the way forward for work life steadiness seems like”.
The workforce’s endorsement of this alteration is a sign of its success, and Bomper encourages different studios to observe swimsuit.
About Bomper Studio
Bomper is an unbiased inventive manufacturing studio, creating work crammed with character and originality. Their work for promoting, branding and broadcast, spans stay motion VFX, hand-crafted animation to hyperreal CG, and every part in between. The workforce is made up of gifted in-house artists, illustrators, animators, artwork administrators and producers. Bomper’s credo is to always embrace their natural-curiosity and problem their ambitions, by taking part in with mediums and codecs, in crafting the very best work. Bompers purchasers embody family names like Levi’s, Glenfiddich, Tesco, Tropicana, and Carlsberg. The previous few years have been thrilling for Bomper. The studio launched their first brief movie ‘Espresso Run’, a music video for Grammy-nominated artist, Tyler Childers’ ‘Nation Squire’, and directed two animated music video for the Foo Fighters ‘No Son of Mine’ and ‘Chasing Birds’. 2023 appears to be one other huge yr on the horizon for the studio. Bomper is at present directing its subsequent formidable music video manufacturing; a particular and cinematic movie produced by way of combining Unreal Engine and MoCap. Bomper can also be long run contracted to supply a collection of brief animation movies for award-winning sport writer Huge Fish on their title EverMerge, and can also be at present growing our personal mini-series IP supposed for a younger viewers.