HEINEKEN Confronts Growing Work Life Imbalance

With mounting societal pressure to be constantly busy, rapid adoption of new work technology and a global pandemic forcing a complete overhaul of where and when work gets done, workers have increased their average working day by 2.5 hours, according to NordVPN Teams. When added up, all these extra hours are negatively impacting overall employee wellbeing, translating to less time spent with friends and family or pursuing personal hobbies.

HEINEKEN is addressing this growing work life imbalance with The Closer, an outlandish high-tech bottle opener that immediately shuts all work applications when a bottle of Heineken is opened with it. Dramatized in a campaign film as the antidote to the increasing demands of our always-on work culture, The Closer bottle opener itself is a satirical symbol for the power every worker has to close down at the end of the day.


The Closer bottle opener will be announced at an exclusive launch event reminiscent of iconic tech announcements. A keynote address by Billy Eichner will unveil the only gadget that can help solve a core problem caused by other remote-work enabling technologies. By overemphasizing the necessity of such a high-tech marvel, Eicnher will remind us all that everyone already has everything they need to close down right at their fingertips.

As a business with over 80,000 employees around the world, HEINEKEN has not been immune to the increased demands placed on its vast workforce. An employee wellbeing program was established in 2021 to identify causes of work life imbalance around the world, with a dedicated team responsible for identifying and sharing best practices to address them. This year and beyond, the team plans to host over 1,000 workshops in 80+ countries to find new ways of working to better support the professional, emotional, social and physical wellbeing of all employees. This campaign was created to spark conversation, and for HEINEKEN, it starts by empowering its own employees.

“While work life imbalance is an issue felt around the world, it can’t be solved with just one policy change,” said Yolanda Talamo, Global Head of Human Resources at HEINEKEN. “This high-tech bottle opener is a symbol that acts as a catalyst for change, but the work is ahead of us. We are asking all of our employees to help us identify practical solutions that take into account the cultural nuances in each of the countries we operate in so everyone can enjoy more balance between their work and personal time.”

This is the first campaign from HEINEKEN that launches ‘For a Fresher World,’ a new creative expression that aims to refresh the world by showing life tastes better with an open mind. With this new approach, campaigns will strive to challenge the obvious, reconsider stereotypes and oppose tired cliches. With this first effort, HEINEKEN® is inspiring people around the world to stop overworking and open their minds to what can happen after the work stops.

To learn more about the The Closer global campaign, visit www.heineken.com/closer.



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