I’ll be the first to admit that when I first heard Sweden was doing a 6-hour workday, I was jealous.
In theory, it was a great idea. Workers would make the same amount of money, but only work for six hours, resulting in happier workers and better office morale.
Experts even expected productivity to remain the same, as they claim workers end up being just as productive in six hours as eight hours.
So, how’s it been going?
A retirement home was one of the first places to try it out.
For employees, it’s been working out great! They say they feel healthier, they’re taking less sick leave, and patient care has improved.
But, for employers, it means higher costs. The retirement home had to hire more staff to cover the hours.
Other companies have had better luck, but the 6-hour workday doesn’t seem to be catching on everywhere in Sweden.