News UK BPE Solicitors embraces four-day week By The Lawyer 29 January 2009 15:17 13 December 2015 21:55 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 29 January 2009 at 15:50 Wow Crikey! Can I do a four day week please? Reply Link Sceptic 29 January 2009 at 16:17 Reduced hours or Reduced days in the Office Presumably these people have had their pay reduced by a fifth for working a day less? Have they also ghad their hours reduced by a fifth or are they just doing the same hours but in 4 days instead of 5? Reply Link Anonymous 29 January 2009 at 16:33 4 Day Week better than 0 Day Week I must commend BPE Solicitors for taking this approach rather than redundancies. It shows commitment to their staff but understanding of what needs to be done to cope during this difficult time. I just wish more businesses would deal with the credit crunch as a team, involving both management and employees, rather than management making the decision and telling the employees to leave. Reply Link Anonymous 29 January 2009 at 16:48 Sensible Nice to hear that firms are trying to find alternatives to just making fee earners redundant – lets hope it works. Reply Link Curious 29 January 2009 at 16:54 Agreed. I agree. But why does this only have to be for during redundancies? I’d happily work a four-day week for 4/5s of my present pay in general, not just to save my job. There’s a lot of talk a lot about flexible working, but how many firms actually offer a deal as simple as that? Reply Link Dave 29 January 2009 at 17:45 Four-day week I have heard of a number of firms doing this with departments that have a shortage of work. It makes good sense, for several reasons. In my opinion, however, staff should agree to work full five-day weeks. One should be grateful still to have a job. Clients and referrers are not going to be impressed if you’re regularly not in when they need to contact you. Reply Link Anonymous 30 January 2009 at 19:21 What? Dave – are you serious? Five days work for four days pay? Reply Link Anonymous 31 January 2009 at 16:36 Inside track I know the people concerned. To answer the questions by Sceptic, some of them are still working the day that they are not in the office. Clients are in full contact with fee earners on their days “off”. That goes with the territory. Salaries have been reduced by a 5th. It was a sensible decision overall and seems to be working quite well now, although it is unclear how long the arrangement will continue. The firm is rather good when it comes to flexible working and that encourages people to put in the extra effort when it’s required. Reply Link Anonymous 31 January 2009 at 20:07 Maserati Intersting. I’ll bet that the equity partners are still driving maseratis. Reply Link Anonymous 31 January 2009 at 21:19 Impressive? I don’t think so. The Partners are still driving Maseratis while the staff are on minimum wages. Reply Link Anonymous 5 February 2009 at 20:27 4 days or 5 days …. If you have the trust and respect of your colleagues and agree to go into an arrangement such as this to assist everybody at this time, you are able, if you have to work on your day off , (which sometimes is inevitable to maintain client relationships) to keep note of that and ensure that it comes to you as holiday in lieu. Without this approach, the one issue with this arrangement is that it can create great resentment unless you make it work fairly and properly, and allow people who are not being paid but have to work to take that time off in lieu. Afterall we all should work to live, and without that philosophy people don’t perform to their best. BUT it should always be a balancing act with the hand that feeds you and that hand usually has a client arm attached to it, so good support and cover at all times is essential. In addition the acknowledgement that one may have to step into the fray on ones day off to keep the peace helps to maintain the customer satisfaction … but then no one is indispensible … has anyone considered that the these 4 dayers may not want to go back up to 5 days?! Reply Link Anonymous 28 February 2009 at 07:22 5-4-3-2-1 You may find that it won’t make the slightest difference to many BPE partners and fee-earners. Those who work hard will continue to do so but on 4 days. Those who are afflicted by the slacker gene – well it won’t make any difference will it! Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.