McVities’ shift in culture works wondersOn 12 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article McVities’ food processing plant in Leicestershire has cut its staff absencerate by nearly 5 per cent by letting employees choose their own shift patterns.The company has abolished overtime and introduced annualised hours, whichhas increased employees’ contracted earnings by a quarter. The 1,000-strong workforce is divided into teams and these co-ordinate theirown shift patterns. It has enabled the plant to cover peak production andholiday times more effectively, while giving staff more job flexibility. The absence rate among the plant’s staff has been reduced from 7 per cent to2.5 per cent. Neil Smith, senior HR officer of McVities, explained that the new shiftpatterns have benefited both staff and the business. “We had a culture of employees working six-day weeks of up to 60 hourswith high stress, absenteeism and sickness levels, which led to poor industrialrelations,” he said. “By letting the teams devise their own shift patterns we have cateredfor the mix of requirements. The reduction in absenteeism levels is a bigresult,” Smith said. Comments are closed.