Annie Qi - Human Resource Director, Unilever China
Starting at Unilever eight years ago, I am proud to have worked my way up to become Human Resource Director of Unilever China. In all the time I have been part of our team, I have always been struck by the innovation in my local Unilever team’s agile working options, and I think our current package shows real consideration for colleagues and their needs.
To give you an example; here in Shanghai, we experience infamously heavy traffic jams on Friday evenings, when everyone commutes home for the weekend. At Unilever China, our core hours are 10am to 4pm, but on Fridays, we have a special allowance to help make our commute stress-free. As long as it doesn’t impact the business, everyone can leave up to an hour and a half early, so that we can all get home to our families quickly and easily.
For me, Unilever is a business that really strives to pioneer in terms of its attitude towards flexible working. It is very clear to all of us that our happiness, health and safety come first at all times.
The business also makes sure that we are confident in using agile technology and that ample support is available to help us with any issues we might have. We are given thorough technical training to help us get to grips with all the ways we can work on the go, from Skype to mobile working. That kind of support really helps everyone to maximise their potential, working wherever and whenever suits them best.