24-7 trials 4-day week. Employees at leading independent Wiltshire recruiter 24-7 Staffing will soon be able to enjoy a four-day week. It’s all thanks to a bold move to trial a new way of working.

The Chippenham-based business also has offices in Yate and Amesbury. They’re bringing in the change to boost employee engagement and productivity. Also to attract new members to the team. There’ll be no reduction in salary for staff, who’ll still get paid in full paid but work one day less each week.

Julian Thompson, Managing Director of 24-7 Staffing, said he’d taken his inspiration for the move to a four-day week from a recent pilot project in the UK. It proved a major success for participating businesses.

24-7 trials 4-day week - Julian Thompson
24-7 trials 4-day week – Julian Thompson

Think tank

The think tank Autonomy devised the project with academics at the University of Cambridge and Boston college. Of the sixty-one companies that took part, fifty-six said they’d carry on with the new system. A ninety-two per cent success rate.

‘At 24-7 Staffing we pride ourselves on putting people at the heart of our businesses. Whether that’s the people who work for us or the candidates we recruit for our clients,’ said Julian. ‘We’d been thinking about trialling a four-day week. And when we put it to the team they were completely behind the idea. Results from the Autonomy study show that far from reducing productivity, a four-day week actually boosts productivity, because staff are more engaged and less stressed and tired.’

Julian said he believed the four-day week model would also aid recruitment to the company. It’s looking to take on additional recruitment consultants.

Under the new system, that they’re trialling for six months from May, across all three offices, staff will get divided into two teams. Each team will work an overlapping four-day week, to ensure the business is open to its fullest extent. There’ll be no reduction in, or interruption to, service to clients. The company specialises in recruiting for the driving, healthcare, industrial and commercial sectors.

Julian said: ‘This new working model will give our employees more opportunities to work across different divisions and learn different skills. Thus it’ll be a great tool for their personal development. From our clients’ point of view, everything will be very much business as usual.’

For more information about 24-7 Staffing, and for details of current vacancies both within the businesses itself and among its clients, visit https://www.24-7staffing.co.uk/.

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