STAFF at a Dorset business are to see their working days cut from eight hours to six – with no loss of pay.
Bright Horizon Cloud Accountants is emulating the example of some Swedish employers in cutting the working week.
The idea has been gaining popularity in Scandinavia as a way of improving productivity and increasing staff wellbeing.
The Christchurch accountancy company already offers flexible working but says cutting the day could help motivate staff.
Company director Emily Hyland, who founded the business, said: “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, 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 stands at 43.6, compared with just 30 under the new arrangement at Bright Horizon.