One of the global leaders of the consumer goods market is betting on the benefits of a four-day workweek.
Following Unilever’s 18-month pilot study in New Zealand, optimistic findings have led the company to expand the pilot in Australia to run over the course of one year.
“Results from the New Zealand trial showed strong results against business targets, including revenue growth, with the vast majority of staff reporting feeling engaged, and absenteeism dropping 34%,” the company stated. “Individual wellbeing also improved, with stress dropping 33%.”
Demand for flexibility in the workplace has grown tenfold in recent years, with companies opting for a fully remote, in-person or hybrid arrangement moving forward.
While the few that remain bullish about a full-time office experience cite the need for camaraderie, research has consistently supported that more agility leads to better quality of work and employee satisfaction. Plus, employers gain from better retention rates.