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Revamped production schedule at Border offers employees better work life balance

Ginger George and the Border team switched to a new shift pattern for 2018

Lanark-based biscuit manufacturer Border has revamped its production schedule to give its 150 staff weekends off and a better work life balance.

After the Christmas holidays, the factory changed from a seven to a five day week to ensure employees can enjoy weekends off. Under the new system, staff will work one of two eight hour shifts each weekday between 6am and 10pm, allowing them to have weekends off while benefitting from increased pay. The new system also provides stability and consistency in team-working with employees being split into smaller set working groups of 10 to 15.

Previously, the plant ran on a rota which meant employees’ shifts changed weekly and included Saturdays and Sundays. The new operating system also provides additional benefits allowing extra time at weekends for deep-cleaning and any required engineering works.

The family-owned company is well-known for being a fantastic place to work and, for the last 10 years, has offered staff members extra paid annual leave to support local initiatives through the Lanark Community Development Trust and Clydesdale Community Initiatives.

Border participates annually in the Great Place to Work Best Workplaces programme, which helps organisations to create and sustain high-trust workplace cultures. With much of the workforce living locally, the biscuit manufacturer cares about the Lanark community and donates 10% of its annual profit, as well as stock and people power to local causes throughout the year.

Elaine Bone, production manager at Border, said: “People are the heart and soul of our operation and the changes aim to provide a better work life balance for all of our employees. Working at Border is fantastic, we’re a community of biscuit-lovers that value team spirit and genuinely enjoy working together.

“Almost a third of my colleagues have been at the company for at least ten years, the new shift system is a great way to start the New Year and recognise the team for all of their hard work and dedication that makes our biscuits so exceptional.”

With a turnover of £16.5m, Border ranks at number 14 in the top 20 sweet biscuits in the UK.