Asda is trialling a four-day work week for staff at some of its UK stores
It's part of the supermarket giant's wider "case for change" to improve employee working conditions.
Asda has become the latest supermarket to trial a four-day working week for some of its staff at stores across the UK.
Following in the recent footsteps of a number of other fellow supermarket retailers – including M&S, Sainsbury’s, and more – Asda has confirmed that it’s now offering some of its staff the chance to work just four days a week.
The new flexible work perk is said to have been introduced back in September last year as an option for Store Managers, and forms part of the supermarket giant’s wider “case for change” and its attempts to improve working conditions after significant walkouts among senior staff were threatened, according to reports in The Telegraph.
Reports have suggested that the company’s owners, the Blackburn-born billionaire Issa brothers, are in the process of trying to rebuild relations with senior employees, and the four-day work week trial – which is set to be concluded later this month – is a major part of this.
It comes after a barrage of cost cuts and concerns over culture have led to Store Managers “leaving in their droves”.
The retailer was also braced for its first-ever strike later this month, with employees at a superstore in Gosport set to walk out from this Friday (19 January), but it’s believed that this industrial action has now been called off.
On top of the introduction of four-day working, Asda’s apparently also experimenting with other flexible working arrangements too – such as shorter shifts.
Asda says initial staff feedback from the trial has been “positive” so far.
An Asda spokesperson told The Telegraph: “Since September 2023, we have been trialling a variety of flexible working patterns for managers in 20 stores, including a four-day working week for the same pay and benefits. There has been no reduction in the number of hours that hourly-paid colleagues are contracted to work as a result of this trial.
“While we are still evaluating the results, the feedback from participating colleagues has been very positive.”
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Asda’s trialling of the shorter working week also comes after the world’s largest four-day work pilot began in June 2022, and ran for a total of six-months before it was brought to a close earlier last year – with 91% of participating companies calling it a “success”.
The pilot programme’s organisers, 4 Day Week Global, hailed the trial a “major breakthrough”.
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