Unique Home Stays

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Luxury accommodation specialists Unique Home Stays take part in an innovative productivity experiment to be aired on primetime national television.

Inspired by the Swedish working ideal that a six hour workday encourages workers to reach higher productivity levels, ITV’s “Tonight” programme selected Unique Home Stays to take part in a fly-on-the-wall-style investigation into productivity in the work place. Sweden has recently been hailed as the most productive country in the world whilst the UK has been named one of the least.  The televised experiment involved implementing several ‘productivity rules’ which staff trialled to see how their productivity levels were affected over the course of a week.

Graham Allcott, an expert in the field of productivity and author of the best-selling book “Productivity Ninja”, visited the Unique Home Stays office near St Columb Major to explain how adopting a more flexible approach to work can create a more playful, productive momentum in the workplace. Some of the innovative methods trialled included working a six hour day instead of the more traditional eight hours, taking a five minute ‘reboot’ after every twenty five minutes, standing up during meetings, and utilising the ‘Ninja Email’ theory which promises to help you achieve a ‘zero email’ inbox at the end of each working day. The contemporary productivity models were put into practice by the team at Unique Home Stays and documented by an ITV film crew who filmed the results over a five day working week.

Unique Home Stays has seen steady growth for the last 15 years, and this year already has observed a 16% increase on booking levels. However, trialling a six hour working day the company achieved a 31% increase in enquiries which resulted in a 37% increase in bookings (when compared to the same time frame last year).

CEO of Unique Home Stays Sarah Stanley says, “We are proud to be a forward-thinking innovative company who push the boundaries in all that we do - just because something is ‘the norm’ doesn’t mean it is right for everyone. We approached this experiment about how to increase productivity in the workplace with aplomb and it has proven very fruitful.  We are definitely going to adopt some of the strategies we have tried; the statistics speak for themselves!”

The “Tonight” television show is due to be aired on December 10th on ITV.


For the Editor:
Unique Home Stays are passionate about properties that are that bit different. Our focus is marketing holiday properties that are truly unique and breath-taking; wow factor properties that simply can’t be found elsewhere. From coastal cliff-hangers to majestic manor houses and woodland retreats, the unique features of each property are what unite them. We’re privileged to offer our clients the keys to some of the most amazing and truly individual private homes in the UK.

  • Unique Home Stays have 21 members of staff and are based in the small hamlet of Trebudannon on the outskirts of Newquay.
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Claire Ray
Press Officer

Unique Home Stays

Lantern Cottage, Trebudannon, Newquay,
Cornwall, England, TR8 4LP

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