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Is a Four-Day Week Practical?

3rd Sep 2018
Business, Human Resources

We’re very lucky to be well known in our region as one of the go-to HR service providers, and our Director Carole Burman was happy to help answer The Big Question in a recent edition of the Business East Magazine.

This month the question was – Is a four-day week practical? Here’s what Carole had to say –

Our work sees us delivering HR advice to all shapes and sizes of business, many of whom have explored more flexible work formats in recent years.

In Suffolk, several have found that by introducing things like a shorter day on Friday, or by implementing a more structured Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) programme, where staff spend time working for a cause or charity, it does a great deal for staff morale and motivation.

When it comes to working flexibly, we always advise companies there are three things to consider – Is it good for the business? Is it good for the employee?

And, is it, crucially, good for the customer?

If it’s clear this is the case, then it’s definitely a strategy which will be worth the business exploring further. What’s critical for any employer to understand is that, no matter what their working structure in terms of days or hours, the vast majority of us are more productive if we feel engaged in, and passionate about, our world of work. If we can enthuse staff and make a job feel more ‘enjoyable’, then naturally we are less concerned by how many hours we are spending on that work commitment.

Make sure you get your copy of Business East, we’ll be back with more advice soon.

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14:48 24 Oct 17
Carole immediately grasped my situation and quickly set about creating the perfect document to help drive my business forward. She has a wealth of experience that she was able to apply to my current and future business goals in order to come up with the goods! The process itself was extremely straightforward with a clear system for booking in a call with Carole, where she then talked me through my options. Thoroughly recommended.read more
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Rachael Martin
19:40 03 Jul 17
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14:03 22 Jun 17
I recently attended a Suffolk Brokerage Registered managers meeting and the very lovely Charlotte from MAR HR was there to give a presentation. Charlotte was fantastic and delivered a great presentation. Her knowledge around all things HR where clearly evident and she answered some tricky questions really well, giving clear, helpful advice. I would highly recommend anyone thinking of gaining support for their business to speak to Charlotte. I know we at ClarkeCare will be engaging their services in the near future. Thank you Charlotte :-)read more
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Hana Dickinson
10:36 26 Jul 16
I love working with Carole and the team at MAD-HR. They are so knowledgeable and responsive. I feel really confident that my HR (and therefore my business) is in safe hands. We've had a few issues that we've needed help with and Carole has been right there, with great advice and useful resources (via the Online HR Toolkit) that have made my life so much easier and my blood-pressure so much lower. Thanks Carole and team. You rock!read more
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