FOOD giant Kellogg’s yesterday urged firms to follow its example and give staff Friday afternoons off in the summer to boost workers’ morale.
The company, which has a factory at Wrexham, will give the 660 workers at its Manchester head office the chance to finish work at noon on Fridays – if they’ve completed their 36.6-hour week.
The scheme, first piloted six years ago, will run from May to September after company research showed it helped improve motivation.
Karen Meehan, Kellogg’s European human resources vice president, said: “Summer Hours is a great scheme that all of our employees can benefit from. We recognise that many businesses suffer due to unauthorised summer sickness absence and due to our flexible working policy this is something that we don’t have to worry about.
“Research has shown that a healthy work life balance is increasingly a key factor in improving motivation levels and employee satisfaction.
“Flexible working is something we take very seriously and this is part of a package we offer to ensure we provide work life balance.” She did not say if the scheme will be open to 400-plus Kellogg’s staff at Wrexham.