75% of busi­nesses pre­fer sum­mer­time

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

75% of Malta Cham­ber busi­nesses, who re­sponded to a sur­vey on whether they pre­ferred sum­mer­time to win­ter­time, said that they pre­ferred sum­mer­time.

The sur­vey was con­ducted by the Malta Cham­ber last week, as part of a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process tak­ing place across the Euro­pean Union on the sub­ject.

The vast ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents ex­pressed a po­si­tion in favour of sum­mer­time, while only a quar­ter of those who an­swered the sur­vey said they pre­ferred win­ter­time.

Busi­nesses tak­ing the sur­vey pre­ferred sum­mer­time all year long. They re­marked that longer days should lead to a more mo­ti­vated work-force, which trans­lates into more busi­ness ac­tiv­ity es­pe­cially among re­tail, hos­pi­tal­ity and restau­rant busi­nesses.

Longer days also meant that work­ers would en­joy more day­light af­ter their re­spec­tive work shifts, lead­ing to a wider feel good fac­tor among em­ploy­ees, one mem­ber said. “This would mean more work-life bal­ance, there­fore a hap­pier work­force,” the re­spon­dent said.

Some busi­nesses also stated that Malta ought to align its time to other Euro­pean coun­tries in the CET zone.

The change from sum­mer to win­ter­time was con­sid­ered neg­a­tive by 54% of re­spon­dents, while 68% con­sid­ered the change from win­ter to sum­mer­time as pos­i­tive.

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