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BPE Solicitors embraces four-day week

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  • Wow

    Crikey!

    Can I do a four day week please?

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • Sensible

    Nice to hear that firms are trying to find alternatives to just making fee earners redundant - lets hope it works.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • What?

    Dave - are you serious? Five days work for four days pay?

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  • 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.

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  • Maserati

    Intersting. I'll bet that the equity partners are still driving maseratis.

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  • Impressive?

    I don't think so. The Partners are still driving Maseratis while the staff are on minimum wages.

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