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IFUniqlo Jumps on the Happy Worker Bandwagon
by Emily Peck / August 21, 2015

The company is testing out four-day workweeks in Japan.

In a move meant to make its workers happier, Uniqlo will start offering full-timers at its Japanese stores the option of working four-day weeks, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Huffington Post Thursday.

The company is joining a growing group of retailers, most notably Walmart, that are starting to pay attention to worker well-being.
The shorter week is meant to give Uniqlo workers more time to deal with their personal lives, particularly those employees who need to care for elderly relatives, Bloomberg reports. Uniqlo’s parent company, which also owns Theory and J Brand, also hopes the move will help it hold on to full-timers, many of whom scale back hours to accommodate the demands of their personal lives.
“They are not offering employees fewer work hours (as a four-day work week would suggest), just giving them compressed work weeks or ‘summer hours’ all year long at the price of guaranteed weekends and holidays,” Ken Matos, senior director of research at the Families and Work Institute, told HuffPost in an email. “Still, I salute them for offering a variety of work options that can be useful for different people.”

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