Some American firms have imported a work place attitude to Friday that could affect the whole of the UK if it gains popularity
The "compressed working week" or "summer working time" is basically a system whereby office workers get into the office half an hour early from Monday to Friday so they can take Friday afternoon off and head for the beach or the supermarket if they aren't so lucky.
Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonalds are practitioners of the system in the UK where flexi-working has been established for some time but it tends to centre around later starting times equating to later finishing times every day of the week. As the name suggests this new system operates largely during the summer months to take advantage of the longer evenings.
If it caught on it could have many collateral implications for transport, services providers and the leisure industry. Of course it is not popular with everyone particularly customers who have to get used to no one returning their calls after Friday lunchtime. One advertising agency in London stopped the practice for precisely this reason.
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