As the summer begins, a new piece of research has shown that a growing number of UK businesses would support a summer shutdown, similar to that enjoyed by much of Europe. The report, from virtual assistant service providers ava, showed that almost 60% of the UK would welcome an annual summer ‘shutdown’.
According to ava, the concept of an annual summer shutdown “Has been adopted by many businesses – most notably construction equipment giants JCB. The Staffordshire-based company closes its main Rochester factory each summer for up to three weeks not only cutting back on expenditure and outgoings – but giving all staff a designated period to enjoy the summer – fully paid of course.”
The practice of shutting down operations in August is a long standing tradition in Italy, Spain and France, when companies largely shut up shop as workers and families head to the beach for a break.
For those UK companies looking to follow suit, ava has the following advice:
- Plan ahead– encourage staff to book holiday early and line up replacements if necessary.
- Be flexible – Work closely with the workforce to create a flexible working plan that not only fits their needs, but the company’s too.
- Use downtime wisely – catch up on forecasting, inventory management and assessing outgoings while you have the time.
Credit – SME Insider 17th June 2016