October 7, 2022, Santiago, Chile – Knight Piésold Chile has been awarded the "40-hour Seal" certification by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare in recognition for adapting a reduced working week in advance of a legislative change. Jeannette Jara, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, together with Julieta Brodsky, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, presented the seal during a ceremony held in early August at the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center.
Knight Piésold and 22 other companies received the seal at the ceremony, joining more than 100 companies in the country to have been awarded to date. Controller Jorge Ávila and administrative assistant Marisol Vásquez were presented with the seal at the ceremony.
The Chilean government is passing a bill that would reduce the working week from 45 to 40 hours within five years. The objective of this certification is to recognize companies that have a work week of 40 hours or less prior to the legislative change committed to by the government.
"What this certification seeks is to advance the reduction of the working day, which is compatible with an active family life, with having free time, with having time to rest, with playing sports or, in short, time that workers have to dispose of and, likewise, contribute to emotional well-being within the workplace,” said Minister Jara.
“We implemented a reduced working week almost three years ago and have seen a significant improvement in the quality of life of our team and their families,” said Ávila. “In addition to the reduced hours, we work on a hybrid basis, take a half-day off on birthdays, and enjoy other benefits. We are continually improving our work environment to enhance employee well-being and have better work-life balance.”