The Labour Party has announced they would support a 32 hour working week, but one UK business implemented this policy five months ago.
MRL Consulting Group are believed to be the first organisation of their size – having 60 staff in the UK, France and Germany – to move to a four day working week without reducing pay, benefits or holiday entitlement.
Five months later, the firm is able to report a reduction in sickness (from 13 to eight per cent) and happier staff who are still able to hit their targets.
The recruitment business is proof that UK employees are more than able to complete five days of work in four.
David Stone, Chief Executive, said “The UK has a problem with productivity, with the average employee thought to do about three hours of actual work in an eight hour day.
“If we take out the time spent scrolling, socialising and procrastinating, it is absolutely possible to complete the same amount of work with one day fewer.
“Not only that, but I believe a four day week is positively better for business.
“My team are healthier both mentally and physically than they were five months ago and that means that when they are here they are focused, engaged and determined to get the job done.
“I’m saving money by not having the office open for an extra day per week, I’m able to attract and retain the best talent in the industry and we’re able to achieve exactly the same output – if not more – as we were previously. It’s a win-win-win situation.”
Consultant Chris Percival has used the extra day to spend more time with his family.
He said: “My wife and I are expecting our first child in October, so I’ve been able to use my Fridays to get prepared for our new arrival.
“Having a three day weekend means less stress and more energy to focus on my family.
“I’ll be able to spend crucial time with the baby and will also be able to help out with childcare further down the line when my wife returns to work.”
Based in Brighton, MRL have offices in both France and Germany who have also moved to a four day working week.
They are thought to be the first international business and the first recruitment firm to do so.
Earlier in the year, the organisation reported 30 per cent year on year growth.
Disclaimer: This is an official press release from MRL Consulting Group.