Employees at Loch Ness by Jacobite are being thanked for their hard work with an extra week’s holiday.
The company, an accredited Living Wage employer, revealed the news to mark Living Wage Week which is being celebrated from 14th to 20th of November.
Speaking about the new employee benefit, Managing Director Freda Newton said:
“This is a first for Loch Ness by Jacobite.
“In the 20 years since I took over, we have only ever closed on Christmas Day.
“At a time when many hospitality and tourism businesses have taken the decision to close for one or even two midweek days, we spoke to staff and the majority view was that this was less preferable as they would still be working weekends and not able to spend quality time with their families.
“We have therefore taken the unprecedented decision to close for two weeks in January, giving all staff an extra week of holiday.”
Loch Ness by Jacobite has been an accredited Living Wage employer since 2019.
This year, the Living Wage movement is highlighting businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector that go the extra mile beyond paying the Living Wage in its campaign #TheGoodWeDo through added staff benefits and support for the local community.
“I am proud that Loch Ness by Jacobite is a Living Wage employer, but offering a fair wage is just the minimum really.
“As an employer, you have a duty of care to look after your staff and do all you can to ensure they enjoy their job.
“It’s about listening to staff and responding, where possible, to concerns or suggestions for improvements.
“This extra holiday is a good example of that.
“As a tourism business, the fantastic experience we offer to visitors from all over the world simply would not be possible without our dedicated team of staff.
“We operate seven days a week for most of the year, sailing in all seasons and offering quality food, drink and retail at An Talla.
“Some of our staff have been with us for many years and I am extremely proud of that, and I would like to think that we keep our staff because they know they are valued.”
The company also supports the local community at Dochgarroch.
In 2018, following the extensive work undertaken to build its flagship shop and restaurant An Talla at Dochgarroch, Loch Ness by Jacobite gifted a minibus to the local primary school.
The company also has a nominated charity every year and this year it is Befrienders Highland, an organisation that works across the Highlands providing a range of befriending services to tackle loneliness and isolation.
In addition to the extra week of holiday, staff at Loch Ness by Jacobite also benefit from a bus to take the boat crew to and from work each day; 20% discount in both the restaurant and shop in An Talla; and uniform and lunch during shifts are also provided.
Loch Ness by Jacobite will be closed from 9th to 23rd January.