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SOE ministry initiates trial of 4-day work week system to improve work-life balance

Jakarta Globe - June 11, 2024

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – The Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) has initiated a trial of a 4-day work per week system. This was announced via the Instagram account @lifeatkbumn on Monday.

"The compressed work schedule (CWS) system is currently undergoing a trial phase," the account stated.

Under this system, SOE employees can apply for CWS once every two weeks, provided they work a minimum of 40 hours.

According to the account, the program is designed not to reduce performance but to enhance employee well-being and productivity. "With CWS, you can enjoy more leisure time for family, pursue hobbies, or simply take a break from routine," it said.

Previously, in March, SOEs Minister Erick Thohir proposed a 4-day work plan to provide employees with a 3-day weekend.

Erick introduced this plan to safeguard the mental health of SOE employees, particularly given that 70 percent of the younger generation today faces mental health issues. He hopes this concept can be extended to other state-owned enterprises under the ministry.

"We encourage this, not to encourage laziness. It's not that every Friday is a day off," he explained. "If you've worked more than 40 hours a week, you can register twice a month to have Fridays off as an alternative," Erick reiterated.

Source: https://jakartaglobe.id/lifestyle/soe-ministry-initiates-trial-of-4day-work-week-system-to-improve-worklife-balanc