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Posted on: 06 May 2020

After over a month spent working from home, Kellogg is encouraging its employees in Ireland to take that much needed break away from their screens with its Summer Hours scheme. 


Now in its 17th year, Kellogg’s Summer Hours scheme began this week and has been adapted in light of the lockdown measures currently in place. The scheme, running from May to September, previously meant that all office-based employees were able to finish work from 12pm on a Friday provided they had completed a full week’s hours.


This year, with all colleagues currently working from home throughout the week, Kellogg is offering its employees the flexibility to utilise the Summer Hours scheme on a day of their choice – from Monday to Friday¹.  


With the challenges brought on by the new norm of working from home, combined with home schooling, caring for the vulnerable and an increased desire for timeout, the company believes encouraging more time away from desks will support mental health, increase motivation and boost productivity. Kellogg currently employs 265 employees in its European Headquarters in Dublin with all office-based workers having the opportunity to take half a day per week for themselves.


Sam Thomas-Berry, Vice President HR at Kellogg Europe, said: “At Kellogg, we have a long history of offering flexible working and in recent weeks it has become more of a priority than ever. We understand that everyone has different needs and pressures at this time, and we are doing all we can to offer flexible benefits to suit everyone.


‘’We acknowledge that finding the right work life balance when working from home every day can be challenging, so we encourage all of our Irish employees to make the most of the new Summer Hours scheme.’’