Desigual introduces four-day working week
Barcelona fashion brand Desigual has officially approved a four-day working week for all head office employees.
The new initiative comes after an employee survey completed by 98% of the head office workforce voted with an 86% majority for a four-day working week. The changes will take effect immediately, and 500 employees will work Monday to Thursday, with three days based at the office and one working remotely.
Desigual is the first fashion brand in Spain to offer this commitment to its employees.
As Desigual’s CEO Alberto Ojinaga explained: “We are very happy that this initiative has been backed by such a large majority of our employees. We knew it was a risky proposal and that it could make some hesitant, but we are confident that it will contribute to improving the work-life balance for everyone at Desigual.”
He added: “The new work week will require an adaptation process and a unified effort, but the pandemic has shown us that we can organise work and teams in a different way and continue to be efficient by prioritising what really matters. Moreover, this initiative makes us more appealing as an organisation, which will allow us to retain and attract the best talent. We are a different, disruptive, young and optimistic company that is constantly transforming itself while not being afraid to propose new initiatives, and projects like the one that has been approved today only confirm this. We would love for the decision made today by Desigual’s employees to set a precedent and inspire other companies.”
Desigual employs more than 2,700 employees across 89 countries.