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Global Manufacturer Rolls Out Four-Day Working Week In Lisburn

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Smiley Monroe has rolled out a four-day week for employees with no impact on salary.

The global conveyor belt and rubber parts manufacturer introduced the changes which will affect employees across its Lisburn and Kentucky production facilities. The scheme was successfully trialled within one production department in Lisburn and for over a year in Kentucky, USA.

"Moving to a four-day working week is something we have aspired to for a long time," commented Jayne Peters, Director of People and Culture. "Employee satisfaction and wellness is at the core of our decision making and we have worked hard to put the necessary efficiencies in place to be able to offer this to our team without impacting our output and most importantly our customers. We know that our employees will reap the rewards of an enhanced work-life balance and more time to spend with their families and families."

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The benefits of a four-day week have been well documented with a 2022 UK trial of 70 companies seeing 86% of participants continue with the policy once the pilot ended. Positive results included happier, more productive employees, reduced stress and illness and savings on childcare and transport. Since the trial, more and more Northern Ireland companies are adopting this new way of working, with successful examples demonstrated within Smiley Monroe's own customer base.

Chris Monroe, CEO Smiley Monroe Group, added: "Our vision is to be the number one partner across our material processing and recycling world. For us, this does not just mean sales growth – it means being the best employer in our industry, the most sustainable choice for customers and the easiest to do business with. We are delighted to be one of the earliest Northern Ireland manufacturers to adopt the shorter working week and we look forward to seeing our people thrive under the new scheme. We will continue to invest in the well-being and development of our team, and I am confident this will enable us together to achieve great things that will positively impact our business, our people and our communities."

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