Synergy Visions’ four-day working week was formalised halfway through 2019 as a flexible working initiative where all staff work 36 hours over four days, as opposed to the previous 40 hours, with no change to basic salary or holiday allowance. This new initiative is what enabled MasterChef semi-finalist Jasmeet Dial to take part in the culinary competition. On the run up to selection, Jasmeet tried out lots of his recipes on his family and friends, and indeed for years prior. His wife eventually persuaded him to apply to MasterChef, and he was informed he had been selected in August, when he had only just accepted and started his new role at Synergy Vision as a Senior Designer.
Jasmeet admits: “When I got the call from MasterChef, I was unsure if I should accept the offer as I knew the commitment would be intense and having just started a new job I didn’t want to let my new colleagues down. I’m grateful that I had a flexible working environment and a really supportive company culture, which helped me take part in one of the most memorable experiences of my life.”
“I’m grateful that I had a flexible working environment and a really supportive company culture“
Synergy Vision MD, Eileen Gallagher, said: “We were overjoyed to hear that Jasmeet had made it into MasterChef, it’s definitely one of my favourite shows. We encouraged him to use our four-day working week to create the flexibility to keep on top of his work and also to have the time for whatever MasterChef had in store for him.”