Weber offers flexible hours to retain staff

The Weber Group is introducing flexible working times in a bid to overcome the shortage of specialist staff that is currently plaguing technology PR agencies.

The Weber Group is introducing flexible working times in a bid to

overcome the shortage of specialist staff that is currently plaguing

technology PR agencies.



Weber is offering its 300 staff worldwide, including the 40 who work in

London, the option of working a four-day week, working part-time or from

home, or varying their starting and ending times.



Instead of a normal five-day, 40-hour working week, Weber will allow

staff to complete their usual work in four ten-hour days.



From March, staff will be given time management training to help them

complete their work in four days. And each week client teams will be

given a set of objectives to complete.



Weber’s European managing director, Cathy Pittham, commented: ’There

will be much more focus on teamwork. If people are really committed to

getting that day off they will work really hard to achieve their weekly

objectives.’



Those who want to work part-time because of family commitments, for

example, will be allowed to work a minimum of 24 hours a week. And staff

will be able to vary the length of their day around the core working

hours of 10am to 5pm.



Staff will, of course, also be permitted to stick to their normal

routine based around the traditional times of 9am to 5pm in the UK and

8.30am to 5.30pm in the US.



According to the agency, the emergence of e-commerce and other

internet-related companies has created a brain drain, particularly in

the US, although the effects are beginning to be felt in the UK.



One of Weber UK’s associate directors left just before Christmas to join

an e-commerce start-up.



The flexible working arrangements applies only to Weber’s technology

business - the Weber Group - not its public affairs and financial

agencies. These come under the broader Weber PR Worldwide umbrella.



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