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Case Studies - Clothing Manufacturer
Background
  • Multiple knitting factories
  • 300+ employees
  • Previous failed initiative to introduce flexible working
Problem
  • Highly seasonal business – doubling of workload between trough and peak
  • High overtime
  • High manufacturing lead time (12 weeks)
  • Poor productivity
  • High work in progress
Outcome
  • Introduced a voluntary annual hours scheme – initially more than half employees took option
  • Seasonal work patterns introduced
  • Halved lead time
  • 11%+ increase in productivity
  • Mixture of full and part timers
  • Subsidised crèche opened
  • Subsidised transport offered
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