Unilever New Zealand to Test Four-Day Working Week

Unilever New Zealand will test its four-day work week for employees starting Monday for a trial period of one year.

Unilever New Zealand will test its four-day work week for employees starting Monday for a trial period of one year. 

Unilever New Zealand Chief Executive Nick Bangs said that its staff of 81 members will be working for four days while still being paid for five. Bangs said the idea is not to work for 40 hours in four days but to change the ways of work.

“This is about the ultimate form of flexibility. We want to work through it with each individual and say, ‘What is going to work best for you to enable you to be at your best?'” Bangs said. 

The move was influenced by Andrew Barnes of Perpetual Guardian who tested the four-day working week in 2018, for the employees’ wellbeing and to boost productivity. 

Bangs added they will work with the University of Technology Sydney to evaluate the effects of the trial. 


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