Berger Paints to commence Four-Day Work Week

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Berger Paints to commence Four-Day Work Week

A frontline manufacturer of coated paints and allied products, Berger Paints Nigeria (BPN) PLC, has emerged the first company in Nigeria to commence a four-day work week, scheduled for July 1st 2022, to upscale productivity through flexible operation and extended rest period for its staff.

But the novel work initiative, which has been embraced by the Company’s staff, will neither lead to staff rationalization nor salary reduction.

In a statement, the Company’s Chairman, Mr Abi Ayida, assured that the new four-day work week would not affect the customers and other external  stakeholders as full week of services would still be provided in certain core functions related to customer fulfillment.

“ We have thought long and hard on how we can better take care of our people in an impactful and lasting way. I am therefore pleased to announce that we will from next month be the first Nigerian company, that I am aware of, to permanently change to a four day work week. The four-day week will not lead to staff rationalization. The intended outcome of this change is enhanced productivity from better rested people. Rest and recovery is a key metric of sustained performance.”

The Kernel of the Story

• BPN’s flexible work initiatives, driven primarily by the challenges of stress associated with traffic congestion will be beneficial to the employee.

• The mobility constraints have always impacted significantly on companies productivity across the board in Nigeria and as a forward looking organization.

• Prior to the emergence of Covid-19 pandemic, BPN had invested heavily in Technology to upscale its global competitiveness.

• BPN as a manufacturing company, a significant segment of the staff by the nature of their jobs are involved in repetitive tasks as part of the manufacturing process. In order to maintain their consistently high quality levels, very high levels of concentration of over extended periods are required.

• BPN is focused on thriving despite the environment and that can only be achieved through meticulous preparation, a very dynamic and infinitely flexible approach to strategy design and implementation.

• BPN is equipped with an ideals blend of very experienced and new dynamic entants in their workforce and have significantly invested in transparent communication of their objectives and how the outcomes are beneficial.

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