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Isle of Barra Distillery have introduced a four-day working week, reacting to the considerations about working hours and work-life balance which have been aroused by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company says that as a close-knit team, the health and mental well-being of their employees are of top priority.

A 2022 business goal for the team is to let their employees know how much they are appreciated and cared for.

Starting this month, Isle of Barra Distillers have decided to start a four-day working week to give the team more time to spend with loved ones, do hobbies and complete the necessary household chores. 

Company founders Michael and Katie Morrison, say: “We have taken some time to think about the pros and cons and had discussions with employees to make sure this change will benefit everyone.

"Our employees agreed they would prefer working slightly longer hours in order to work fewer days.

"The four-day working week would provide employees with more free time outside of work, with no loss in pay. They are all looking forward to the change to their working week as there are several advantages such as cutting down on childcare costs, less commuting to work and simply having more time to spend with loved ones. 

"We are flexible so if at any point our team’s circumstances change, we of course look to make the hours work as best we can”

The team have adapted the work processes to suit a shorter working week. This will mean that orders shall no longer be dispatched on a Friday.

However the team truly believe this change will have a positive effect on the company’s employee’s wellbeing and therefore the distillery will reap the benefits of this when employees come to work refreshed and energised for their working week.