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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Cairney

Embracing the 4 Day Working Week

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

You might have noticed, Packaging Supplier, The UPAC Group- parent company of WM Watsons, popping up on social media recently, that’s because we have a lot to shout about!

However, speaking as a staff member, the latest news coming from UPAC Towers is by far the best and the most forward thinking from our brilliant management team.


Seriously, how amazing is that!!!

After extensive research and trials, the management is set to formalise the four day working week with staff remaining on full salary, full holiday entitlement and all the benefits of working at a truly incredible company.

The goal is to create the best possible working environment, inclusive of a work/life balance that makes The UPAC group the employer of choice for anyone who wishes to enjoy their career/job.

Trials have taken place over the last 2 months and have shown no evidence of any drop in productivity but a marked decrease in stress levels as the staff embrace the managements desire to quite simply, make their lives better. Whilst UPAC are far from the first company in the world to make this leap of faith we are certainly proud to be in amongst the front runners and as we start the long road out of the pandemic, the managements interest in its staff’s welfare is truly inspiring.

This has been achieved by the company increasing its staff headcount and cost base, whilst so many of our competitors are cutting back.

Although there will evidently be a cost to the company, management perceive this as less important than the welfare of its staff, and understand that this money will be recouped over time through; improved productivity, less sick days, greater staff motivation and more importantly it ensures continuity for our customers- as it builds on the already staggeringly low staff turnover at The UPAC Group.

In the last few years, the company has split its targets to reflect both the bottom line and the staff welfare. A new gym was built within the head office facility, as well as improved canteen facilities. This has been reflected in a staff turnover of only 1% annually. This means customers are ensured of talking to knowledgeable

staff who know their accounts and who understand their needs. This transcends all the way from a junior warehouseman to a driver, to the sales staff and sales support. We believe this makes the difference.

For our customers, they will see no difference. The company will continue to operate a five-day working week and will continue to keep service levels at the top of their priority list.

We hope more companies follow suit, but for now let’s all tip our collective hats to the management team at UPAC and say, with a sense of pride, Well Done UPAC.

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