UiPath's Bruno Ferreira on the burning issue of a four-day week
Published: 8 July 2019 - Sarah Mead
In response to the news that a four day working week could save UK businesses more than a billion pounds a year, and improve the mental wellbeing of employees too, Bruno Ferreira – UKI area vice president at robotic process automation specialist UiPath, comments:
"News that a four-day working week could save UK businesses an estimated £104bn a year through increased staff productivity and improved physical and mental health marks a positive change for our working world – but the supporting technology needs to be in place to enable businesses to offer this. Here, automation and robotic process automation (RPA) can play a crucial role – carrying out repetitive, admin-related tasks autonomously and freeing up human workers for higher-value and more creative tasks.
"More than two-thirds of UK employees are still bogged down in daily admin-based tasks – which could be undertaken by software robots, reducing pressure on human workers and the amount of time they need to spend in the office. With our research also showing that RPA reduces manual errors, it’s a win-win for employees and their employers. The way we work is changing, and a shorter working week seems like the next natural step for businesses – but technology will be pivotal to this initiative’s future.”