Less hours, more productivity. The shortened working week at Achmea

June 1, 2021

During this Virtual Round Table, Elly Ploumen, Group HR Director at Achmea, will share her experiences with the implementation and the consequences of the shortened work week at Achmea.

  • Small scaled peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule
  • Insights in the way Achmea ensures their employees have a optimal "work-life" balance
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Elly Ploumen

Group HR Director

Elly is Group HR Director at Achmea, where she works since August 2011. Elly has a strong track record in HR leadership roles. Before joining Achmea in 2011, she worked at KPN and XS4ALL as HR Manager. In addition, Elly holds various advisory roles. She is chair of the HR group at Eurapco, chair of the Education and Labor Market Committee at the Dutch Association of Insurers and Member of the Advisory Board at NIBE-SVV, a trainer for financial services.


Since 2021, 40 percent of the full-time employees of health insurer Achmea will be working 34 hours instead of 36 hours, with full pay. In two years' time, all 7.500 employees will be transferred. With this, Achmea wants to contribute to themes as vitality within a rising retirement age, a better division of work and care tasks between partners and a better work-life balance. Achmea also hopes that employees will look even more critically at the work they do: Have the right priorities been set, is there room for more efficiency, are the right people sitting at the table?


The way we work is changing. Due to the Covid pandemic, we often have Team meetings from nine to five. That is very intensive and the question is whether it is effective. In addition, social developments such as a changing income model between partners and the need to make time for care tasks in different phases of your life, have an impact on the work-life balance. The desire to continue to learn for a lifetime also puts pressure on time available for work. Therefore it is more important than ever to think about vitality, a good work-life balance and enable employees to develop themselves in an aging, digitized and overworked society.


16:25 | Dial in on Teams meeting
16:30 | Start program, including presentation & discussion
18:00 | End


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