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Four-day working week adopted by UK company to achieve better work/life balance

A UK-based company is implementing a four-day working week so employees can achieve a better work/life balance.

Belmont Packaging has adopted this new approach to the working week along with its sister company Boxed-Up Packaging after the policy was trialled by its manufacturing department.

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The Manchester-based company aimed to give its staff a shorter working week so it could give them “more time to focus on themselves, their mental health and their loved ones”.

Following success in the manufacturing department, the change was rolled out across the entire company yesterday.

The company’s commercial manager Gareth Rollo stated, “As well as valuing our customers, business trade partners and suppliers we also value our biggest assets, the employees whose hard work, commitment and dedication make our business the success it is.”

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The benefits of shorter working weeks are proving to be appealing to many, with Scotland trialling a similar system as research found that 80% of people believed that shorter working weeks with no loss to pay would have a “positive effect on their wellbeing”.

A new pilot programme that was launched in Ireland earlier this year, will see employers inviting employees to a four-day working week over a six-month period beginning January next year.

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