VEMAG Maschinenbau introduces a four-day week in assembly

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More than 800 employees work at VEMAG Maschinenbau GmbH and manufacture machines at the Verden site, e.g. B. for the food industry and crafts. The company is now testing a new working time model in some areas.

“We want to enable our employees in production to organize their work and private lives more individually and more flexibly according to their living conditions. Therefore, as a mechanical engineering company, we are currently testing how we can implement a four-day week for the late shift,” explains Annette Loch, Team Leader Recruiting & Talent Management at VEMAG Maschinenbau, about the project.

The pilot phase of the four-day week is already underway and the new model has been very well received. Many of the assembly workers accept the company’s offer. The model was developed by the assembly groups together with the group leaders. During implementation, the employees of the shift coordinate with the group leaders to ensure a smooth production process. “This process is a challenge because the order books are full,” explains Frank Rademacher. As group leader, he is responsible for the assembly of the industrial machines and observes that many of his employees use the four-day week to e.g. B. to get involved more intensively in voluntary work or simply to have more time for family or hobbies.

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In the tested working time model of the four-day week, the work is not reduced compared to the five-day week, but the working time is spread over four days. “At the end of the week there are 35 hours on the clock. However, the four-day week results in one day off, which can be used completely, e.g. B. can be used for leisure activities such as sports or a long weekend,” explains Uwe Gerking, Human Resources Manager at VEMAG Maschinenbau GmbH, the concept.

The company hopes for a win-win situation. On the one hand, the four-day week could make work processes more productive and, on the other hand, VEMAG promises to increase employee satisfaction. Uwe Gerking and Annette Loch see the flexibilization of working hours as an essential element in adapting jobs to changes in our society and, e.g. B. to be able to better reconcile family and professional life. “The model could also be a concrete competitive advantage,” adds Loch.

The company would like to continue to position itself as an interesting and secure employer or training company in the region in order to be able to continue to grow in the future and to secure the location on the Weserstraße. The testing of the four-day week should now show whether the new model is reaching its limits in a production company and whether the employees of the mechanical engineering company accept the working time model or whether there is a need at all. The feedback from employees has been very positive so far.

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