The company says that they are doing this to retain talent.
One of the most well-known clothing chains in the world, Uniqlo, has become one of the latest companies to offer a shorter work week in an attempt to create a better work-life balance for employees. Now, Uniqlo employees will only have to work four days a week. The change will impact over 10,000 employees in Japan. Instead of seven eight hour days, they will be given the choice to work 4 ten hour days.
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According to CNBC, it could be rolled out around the world as well.
The program's goal is to attract and retain retail talent, especially women who know how to sell products.
"We've got a big program at the moment, working towards empowering women in the workforce," the spokesman said. "The idea is that if you've got kids, it gives you a lot more flexibility."
Uniqlo is following in the footsteps of other companies who are trying to make the lives of their employees better. Netflix offered unlimited maternity and paternity leave (up to one year) to their employees. The idea behind this move, the company said, was that "continued success hinges on us competing and keeping the most talented individuals in their field."
Microsoft also announced an enhanced parental leave policy for employees.
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However, there are also other retailers that are coming under fire for their treatment of employees. Amazon has been called out for their harsh, competitive, and grueling environment that left their employees unhappy.