We have introduced a four day working week, our staff deserve to have more time off and be paid the same
A SCOTTISH company has introduced a four-day working week with no loss of pay for staff.
The founders of Isle of Barra Distillers decided to give their tight-knit team more time to spend with loved ones, do hobbies and do necessary household chores.
The company has adapted its operation to a shorter working week, which means that orders will no longer be dispatched on Fridays.
The move comes after a A number of Scottish businesses have announced they will move to a four-day week in a bid to increase efficiency and attract top talent.
Distillery manager Debbie MacMillan said staff jumped at the chance to work four days a week.
She said: “We are in the second week of the four-day rotation and it has already been beneficial for the staff, who were able to travel to the mainland during their three-day break.
“We found the change very motivating for the team. Although there are longer hours, you have more flexibility and freedom.
“When you work a five-day week, you only have two short days to put everything away. An extra day off means you can completely relax and unwind after work.
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“The pandemic has really opened people’s eyes to the importance of health and wellness and the importance of having that healthy balance.”
Island of Barra Distillers founders Michael and Katie Morrison added: “We have taken the time to think about the pros and cons and have had discussions with employees to ensure this change will benefit everyone. .
“Our employees agreed that they would prefer to work a few more hours in order to work fewer days.
“The four-day working week would provide employees with more free time outside of work, without loss of pay.
“They are all looking forward to the change in their working week as there are several benefits such as reduced childcare costs, less commuting and simply having more time to spend with loved ones.
“We are flexible, so if at any time our team’s circumstances change, of course we seek to make the hours work as best we can.”
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