Contractor moves to four-day-week to boost work/life balance

Grant Prior 4 weeks ago
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Edinburgh contractor Orocco will become one of the industry’s first firms to implement a four-day working week for all staff.

The move sees the 42-strong workforce get Fridays off to improve their work/life balance from next month.

The company specialises in high-end building and renovation projects and also includes a bespoke joinery manufacturing workshop MadeByOrocco as part of its core business.

The full team of skilled trades, painters, decorators and office staff are all set to take up the new four-day week from May.

The change will see all employees working compressed full time hours Monday to Thursday, giving them Fridays off and a longer weekend.

For clients there will be no reduction in the total number of hours spent on projects each week.

Orocco hope the move will increase productivity, as well as improving staff happiness and reducing stress.

Managing director Mark Ivinson said: “When we spoke to staff after the recent changes that the Covid-19 pandemic had brought to our working lives, it became clear that people enjoyed having that extra time at home, either to catch up on home projects or to spend more time with loved ones.

“We listened and wanted to make a permanent change to how we work.”

Joint managing director Jonny Blurton added: “We hope that this pioneering move by Orocco will lead the way for change within the construction industry.”

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