Franz Puchegger speaking of 4-day week: “It will come”


Franz Puchegger speaking of 4-day week: “It will come”

Sonnenaufgang Worthington Kienberg

Juli 2022, Austria – Worthington introduces progressive workweek design

NÖN: Is the four-day week a topic in your company?

Franz Puchegger: We are thinking of four-day week of course. Now we have a very attractive shift model in our production line where our workers are working less than the average 38,5h per week. In the salaried sector, we are discussing various options. But what is clear to me is that it will come at some point.

NÖN: Where does the wish come from?

Franz Puchegger: The wish came from our employee. However, we are open to this topic.

NÖN: Where does management see advantages and where disadvantages?

Franz Puchegger: Timo Snoeren, Vice President of Sustainable Energy Solutions at Worthington Europe, four-day week is an interesting subject. “However, there are still some issues to grapple with in terms of implementation, such as whether the fifth day will be incorporated, or which day should be the day off, and how that can be financed.” 



Worthington Industries Europe Company Description

Europe is home to Worthington Industries’ Sustainable Energy Solutions business, which is dedicated to offering on-board fueling systems and services, as well as, gas containment solutions and services for the storage, transport and distribution of industrial gases supporting the growing hydrogen ecosystem and adjacent sustainable energies like compressed natural gas. Worthington incorporates sustainable practices into its long-term business strategy and is the first in its industry to bring Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products to market. The Company is the largest designer and manufacturer of pressure vessels in Europe with over 1,600 employees working at facilities in Austria, German, Poland, and Portugal. With the lightest composite and steel low- and high-pressure cylinders available, Worthington Europe designs and makes solutions for alternative fuels, industrial gases, and technical gases.

Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) is a leading industrial manufacturing company delivering innovative solutions to customers that span many industries including transportation, construction, industrial, agriculture, retail and energy. Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and producer of laser welded products; and a leading global supplier of pressure cylinders and accessories for applications such as fuel storage, water systems, outdoor living, tools and celebrations. The Company’s brands, primarily sold in retail stores, include Coleman®, Bernzomatic®, Balloon Time®, Mag Torch®, Well-X-Trol®, General®, Garden-Weasel®, Pactool International® and Hawkeye™. Worthington’s WAVE joint venture with Armstrong is the North American leader in innovative ceiling solutions.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington operates 53 facilities in 15 states and seven countries, sells into over 90 countries and employs approximately 8,000 people. Founded in 1955, the Company follows a people-first philosophy with earning money for its shareholders as its first corporate goal. Relentlessly finding new ways to drive progress and practicing a shared commitment to transformation, Worthington makes better solutions possible for customers, employees, shareholders and communities.