Employees at cereal maker Kellogg’s are being given Friday afternoons off over the summer – providing they have already worked their contracted hours.
The summer hours scheme, now in its sixth year, runs from May to September and means staff finish work at midday on Friday, provided they have completed a full week’s hours. The scheme kicks-off tomorrow (8 May) with all 660 office based staff eligible.
An survey in 2008 at the Corn Flakes and Coco Pops maker revealed the scheme helped with motivation, with 82% of employees feeling happier in their jobs because of it.
Karen Meehan, Kellogg’s European HR 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.”