New Zealand: Unilever Tests Four-Day Workweek

The New Zealand subsidiary of agribusiness and cosmetics giant Unilever announced on Tuesday that it would experiment with the four-day work week, with no pay cut for employees, taking up a proposal to this effect from the New Zealand government. center-left Zealander to revive the economy. The group specifies that its 81 employees will be eligible for this experiment, which is supposed to begin in December and last for a year.

Depending on the results in New Zealand, the four-day week could be introduced elsewhere by the company. “Our goal is to measure performance on production, not on time. We believe that the old way of working has passed and is no longer appropriate, ”said Unilever New Zealand Managing Director Nick Bangs.

The epidemic is changing the culture of work
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in May put forward the possibility of switching to the four-day week to help revive an economy weighed down by restrictions linked to the coronavirus, including a seven-week lockdown. She had encouraged creative ideas that would promote flexibility in the business.

The Labor leader was returned to her post after her triumph in the October legislative elections. Nick Bangs said there was momentum for a shorter workweek as the pandemic changed the work culture in the office. “This is an exciting time for our team, a way to validate the catalytic role that Covid-19 has played in disrupting practices in the world of work,” he said.

The company hopes its employees will gain in productivity if it allows them greater flexibility. The results of this experiment will be analyzed by the University of Technology Sydney. “We look forward to sharing the lessons of this experimentation with other New Zealand companies, hoping to inspire others to think about the way they work,” he added

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