It’s not often that you hear about chefs decreasing the number of hours they work, but that’s exactly what an indefinite four day week trial will mean for staff at Restaurant Sat Bains. Chef/patron Sat and his wife Amanda announced the plans last week, aiming to improve their employees’ working conditions and quality of life.
From November the chef’s eponymous Nottingham-fringe restaurant-with-rooms will only open for business Wednesday-Saturday. Staff will gain up to 48 more days off a year but see no cut to their salaries or benefits.
The couple made their decision, which has the potential to hit them in the pocket, based on industry research into working conditions rather than profit – although their financial advisors were also consulted.
Amanda Bains explained that with this investment in staff the restaurant hopes to improve working conditions, keep talented employees for longer and attract hard-working, aspirational people, reducing the staff turnover that has long been an industry-wide problem.
She also stated that she hopes other restaurateurs will follow suit. Sat believes that the industry has changed since he was a young chef and that the days of working unsociable hours are over. He believes this will play an important part in attracting a new generation of talent for both front and back of house.
What do you think? We are keen to hear you thoughts on the four-day week.