By Max Clarke

With the summer holidays coming to an end and Britons in employment starting to feel the ‘holiday blues’, an independent online HR consultancy conducted a study in a bid to discover the attitudes Britons have towards weekends and if they would like them extended; even if it involved a pay decrease.

The study, conducted by www.Reabur.com, asked 1,283 Britons in full time employment if they would like their weekends permanently extended and subsequently have their salary decreased accordingly, to which the majority, 51%, said that they be prepared to ‘lose a day’s pay’ in exchange for a 'three day weekend'.

According to the study, a further 14% of the respondents would willingly sacrifice ‘half a day’s wages’ in order to finish work at ‘lunch time on a Friday’, whilst 4% stated that they would prefer the half day to be taken on a ‘Monday morning’.

“These results were surprising as one would assume that everybody would jump at the opportunity of an extended weekend,” Georgina Read, Co-Managing Director of Reabur.com. “However, this is why we were careful not to simply ask the respondents if they wanted a longer weekend; we wanted to express the fact that the longer weekend would come at a cost.”

Furthermore, 6%, of those who took part in the study said that they would be prepared to ‘permanently lose two paid working days’ in order to receive a ‘four day’ weekend and therefore just attend work three days a week.

In contrast, 14% of the respondents said that they would be happy to have a longer weekend however, if a permanently longer weekend was implemented across the UK they ‘wouldn’t want’ it at the expense of a deduction in their salary.

A further 9% of the respondents stated that they felt ‘happy’ with working a five day week with the standard two days for a weekend and ‘wouldn’t want it to change’; whilst 2% of the respondents admitted that they felt ‘impartial’.

“Many companies do offer a shorter working day on a Friday, as people tend to ‘wind down’ at the end of the week, but I it is unlikely starting late on a Monday would be considered an alternative offering as many employers will expect their staff to feel reenergised and ready to go ‘full steam’ into the week ahead,” continued Read.

“The respondents who wanted their weekend extended to four days, and willing to reduce their pay, could make a flexible working request to their employer, but do need to consider how their request could impact on the business.”


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