By | Namrata Singh | timesofindia.indiatimes.com
MUMBAI: In what could set a trend among large corporates in India, Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has introduced employment models that challenge traditional employer-employee dynamics.
In a first, the FMCG major has launched two models that offer flexible work arrangements with benefits to both existing employees and gig workers who are associated with it but are not on its payroll.
Under ‘U-Work’, HUL employees can choose to be engaged with the company in a flexible way while getting financial security, retirement, and medical benefits. The ‘Open2U’ model, introduced specifically for India, allows gig workers, who are not employed with the company, to work on assignments and get a financial safety net and medical benefits.
U-Work covers about 8,000 office-based HUL employees. While employees can apply to be a part of U-Work, the final decision is based on a mutual agreement between the company and the staffer.