Four-day working week at Isle of Barra Distillers
As a close-knit team here at Isle of Barra Distillers the health and mental well-being of our employees are our top priority. We have a fantastic hardworking team who we would be lost without, so we are always aware of the need for a good work-life balance.
A 2022 business goal for us is to let our employees know how much we appreciate and care for them. Starting this January, we have decided to start a four-day working week to give us all more time to spend with loved ones, do hobbies and complete the necessary household chores.
We have taken some time to think about the pros and cons and had discussions with employees to make sure this change will benefit everyone. Our employees agreed they would prefer working slightly longer hours in order to work fewer days. The four-day working week would provide employees with more free time outside of work, with no loss in pay. They are all looking forward to the change to their working week as there are several advantages such as cutting down on childcare costs, less commuting to work and simply having more time to spend with loved ones. We are flexible so if at any point our team’s circumstances change, we of course look to make the hours work as best we can.
We have adapted our work processes to suit a shorter working week. It will mean we will no longer be dispatching orders on a Friday however we truly believe this will have a positive effect on our employee’s wellbeing and therefore the distillery reap the benefits of this when employees come to work refreshed and energised for their working week.
It’s never been more appropriate to look after ourselves and a big part of this will come from striking a good balance between our professional and social lives.