Barclays: We Want Employees to Work Less and Work Friday Morning

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If you work for Barclays, you’re doing quite a few things better than everyone else.

The British bank says its customers have told it they want fewer and shorter banking appointments and a four-day working week — which is available on Saturday and Sunday from Dec. 30 to Jan. 6.

“We’re very excited and can’t wait to start the weekend – for our colleagues as well as our customers,” said Matt Bushell, managing director of retail banking for Barclays UK.

“We want Barclays to be where our colleagues and customers want to work and to reflect that we’ve made the announcement with everything we can regarding how we will carry it out,” he added.

The news comes after Barclays was first among major banks in the country to hit a quarterly profit target.

Any job cuts will be minimal, the bank said, although it didn’t say how many jobs would be affected.

Despite the move, Barclays says it will be able to retain investment bankers who might prefer shorter hours but longer lunch breaks.

— With Reuters

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