The Pentagon Group has become the latest AM100 car retailer to implement Sunday closing at its dealerships, introducing a three-month trial of a new five-day working model.

The group said the move followed its latest annual employee survey and a period of consultation and discussion on ways to provide better work-life balance within its sales teams.

By effectively shifting employees from a five-and-a-half-day sales work rotation to a five-day cycle, the change echoes Burrows Motor Company’s recently announced introduction of Sunday closing.

David Peel, chief executive of the Pentagon Group, said: “I think this is great news for our people. We have a rigorous and ongoing feedback program from our annual surveys of employee satisfaction levels across all areas and we are delighted to be able to announce this important trial. We have a great team across our 30 locations and it’s important to help them improve their work/life balance. »

As well as bringing potential employee benefits and potentially mitigating wage inflation, UK car retailers are also seeing Sunday closings as a way to cut showroom energy costs as overheads soar. sharply.

Former MHA employment tax director Nigel Morris recently told AM that retail companies can also “flexibilize” staff bonuses and wage sacrifice programs to mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis as UK inflation continues to soar.

Peel said the Pentagon’s shift to a five-day work week was aided in its planning by a shift in customer behavior.

He said: “Our own experience parallels recent industry-wide survey findings which show that the number of people serious about buying cars on Sundays has now fallen to around 8% of the weekly total.

“It is an incredible waste, not only of the time of our talented sales and support teams, but also of the energy required to open each of our facilities to the public for such a small level of activity as possible. In these times of national need for energy conservation and restraint, this seems like a further victory for all of us.

“It is much better for all involved to focus our teams’ efforts and numbers on the Monday-Wednesday period and on Saturdays which are now comfortably our busiest times in the showrooms.”

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