Carbon ThreeSixty to Trial Nine Day Fortnight Work Pattern

Chippenham, UK; 24 May 2023.  Carbon ThreeSixty (CTS), the light-weighting and advanced composite structures specialist today announced that it will be trialing a new nine day fortnight work pattern for all of its staff. The trial will begin in June and will run for an initial duration of three months.

The new work pattern will see employees work extended hours over nine days per fortnight, with the option of taking every other Friday off. The company believes that the new pattern will improve employee well-being and productivity across both Production and Engineering activities. The move comes after several months of planning and discussion within the business and is supported by data that indicates manufacturing output will not be adversely affected.

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The workplace has changed significantly over the past three years. For many, the option of working from home and highly flexible work patterns has become the norm. For sectors such as manufacturing that has not been possible – it is after all very difficult to manufacture complex composite structures at home. To compete with other sectors, in a tight labour market, it is important that companies like Carbon ThreeSixty offer an attractive work environment and conditions.

“We are excited to trial this new work pattern and see how it impacts our employees and our growth ambitions,” said Matt Knight, Operations Manager at Carbon ThreeSixty. “There will undoubtedly be some challenges as we adjust to the new pattern but the team here are highly motivated and very keen to make the trial a success.

Ed Allnutt, Managing Director at CTS added “We believe that this pattern will give our employees more time to focus on their work and their personal lives, which will lead to improved productivity and well-being. Being seen as a progressive, forward thinking employer is very important to the Senior Leadership Team at CTS. Our ability to attract and retain talented staff is a fundamental part of our hugely ambitious growth plans.”

The company will be evaluating the impact of the new work pattern on employee productivity, well-being, and satisfaction. The results of the trial will be used to determine whether the company will make the new pattern permanent.

Andy Smith, R&D Director at CTS “We are committed to providing our employees with a work-life balance that allows them to be successful in both their personal and professional lives, we believe that this new work pattern is a step in the right direction, and we are proud to be a company that is leading the way in this area.”

Notes to Editors

Carbon ThreeSixty is a turnkey provider for the design, development and manufacture of highly challenging, advanced composite structures. We are a valued partner in the delivery of innovation, engineering and manufacturing services to the Aerospace, Automotive, Energy and Defence sectors. We specialise in resin transfer moulding (RTM) processes and novel preforming techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) to produce highly optimised and cost-effective structures.


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