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By Fiona Reid
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Four day week pilot starts at enterprise group

A NEW way of working has been introduced for staff at the South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE)

The four day working week pilot started on Monday and will run for 12 months.

During that time, SOSE will remain a five day week organisation with its 141 employees putting in a 32 hour week each, three hours less than their current contract.

It is part of the Scottish Government’s four day working week pilot and data will be gathered, analysed and shared with the government and public and private sector partners to help understand the benefits and challenges of this new way of working.

SOSE chief executive Jane Morrison-Ross: “Since our establishment in April 2020, SOSE has aimed to be bold and ambitious for the South, as well as reflect the circumstances of the region.

“We believe taking part in this innovative pilot matches these values, and has the potential to provide benefits to our productivity, our workforce in terms of health and wellbeing, and allowing colleagues to contribute further to the regional economy.

“Well-being is at the heart of everything we do at SOSE, and we want to support our staff to be their best outside of work so they can be their best when they’re at work.”

She stressed their level of service will not change, adding: “Gathering the evidence to understand the impact of this new way of working is absolutely crucial and we will do this from day one of the pilot.

“This will enable SOSE to provide further intelligence for evidence-based studies around this topic, such as the theory around there being a number of unproductive hours per day for organisations which operate the traditional five day working week.”

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