Employees work for 6hrs instead of 8hrs for same pay

Employees work for 6hrs instead of 8hrs for same pay

The dream of working six hours a day with no loss of pay will become a reality for staff at a pioneering accountancy firm.

Inspired by Swedish employers, who claim the six hour day improves productivity and staff wellbeing, Bright Horizon Cloud Accountants will adopt the mantra.

The Christchurch Bournemouth accountancy company which already offers flexible working, and has a “no suit and tie” policy, uses cloud technology to work with clients all over the country.

Founder and Director, Emily Hyland, commented on the change: “We are a modern breed of accountants and as such our business practices should follow suit.

“We are hoping that this new policy will mean that we can recruit top people, reduce sick days, and improve staff morale and productivity. However, admittedly we are taking a bit of a gamble."

The average number of hours worked per week in the UK is 43.6, but the new policy at Bright Horizon will reduce the hours to just 30 a week for their staff.

Bright Horizon, set up last year by Hyland, aims to offer a “modern accounting solution to businesses”.

Toyota service centres in Gothenburg, Sweden, who have adopted similar practices, reported improvements in staff retention, recruitment, and an increase in profits.

Comments (2)

  • Vinay Johar
    Vinay Johar
    Tue, 3 May 2016 1:27pm BST
    Interesting write-up which gives the insights on the period during an employee works for an employer, and time off with pay will remain same whether he spent 6 hours or 8 hours a day. But another side, the period what we spent more in the office will do not pay by an employer and taken by an employee but gives lots of benefits to an employee in the form of learning that always takes a step ahead!
  • Boris
    Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:48am BST
    This sounds great in principle but what about when work piles up? Will they be working at home, during their downtime? Will they come in early or stay late to catch up?
    If everyone worked the hours they are paid for this would be a great idea, but in my experience there are always those who come in early and stay late to get their work done. I am personally not paid until 8.30am but I get into my office by 7.15am each morning to get things done.
    It would be nice to think that the type of flexible working being discussed here could apply to all but reality doesn't always work that way!

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