Snugpak is adopting a radical new approach to manufacturing and working practices, incorporating a four-day week in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint and improve employee wellbeing.
After trialling the new approach for several months and backed up with evidence of overall increased production and employee satisfaction, the company will change working hours to fall between 08:00 – 17:30 Monday to Thursday with effect from 3rd April 2020.
Darren Burrell, Sales Director said: “Based on independent and government studies, including Sweden’s six-hour workday experiments, many companies in the UK and abroad are starting to rethink the traditional working week, to increase productivity and enhance employee satisfaction through a better work-life balance.
“Those companies which have already taken the leap in reducing working hours or days have seen a reduction in sick days, improved staff morale and increased output. That’s certainly what we’ve found during our trial period and what has ultimately convinced us of the business case, our team were never in any doubt it was a great idea!”
Disruption to customers will be minimal as most sales activity takes place earlier in the week and the focus on despatching orders by Thursday will be positive, said the firm.
Under the new way of working there will be no facilities to accept deliveries on a Friday (the last working Friday being 27th March).