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The group specifies that its 81 employees will be eligible for this trial, which is supposed to begin in December and last for one year. Depending on the results in New Zealand, Unilever could introduce the four-day week elsewhere in the world.
“Our goal is to measure performance based on production, not on time. We believe that the old way of working is out of date and no longer appropriate.”Nick Bangs, CEO of Unilever New Zealand, said.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in May floated the possibility of moving to a four-day week to help revive an economy burdened by coronavirus restrictions, including a seven-week confinement. We have encouraged creative ideas that will enhance flexibility in the company.
The Labor Party leader was reappointed to her position after winning the legislative elections that took place in October.
Bangs said there was momentum for a shorter work week as the pandemic turned the office work culture upside down. “This is an exciting moment for our team, and 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 that its employees will become more productive 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 learned from this experience with other New Zealand businesses, in the hope of inspiring others to think about the way they operate.”Mr. Explosions added.
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