Recently a year long experiment by a company in Sweden found that the six hour workday can be more productive than the usual eight hour workday.
This got me thinking whether it would work on this side of the Atlantic, and I think, with some changes to the way we do things, it definitely could.
For one thing, it forces employees to be productive since they have a shorter time period for work. This means that workers have less time to be distracted by things like texting and social media sites, and logically would be more focused on getting work done.
Once the distractions that previously helped people get through slow periods of the day have been cut out, people will likely be able to complete the same amount of work.
This would also lead to more time for people to enjoy leisure and the beauty of their community. Therefore, in my opinion, people would come to work with less stress, and the quality of work done would likely improve. It is a business principle, happy employees lead to production, and thus less stressed employees will better produce.
This may fix a societal issue in which people don’t tend to spend enough time with their families. The entire reason that Family Day was created was because the government realized that we weren’t spending enough time with family. As well, I remember talking with a parent of a colleague, who told me one of her regrets was that she missed certain time with her children because of work.
As I said in a previous column, people tend to sometimes be moving too fast and don’t take time to enjoy what or who is around them.
This is also not the only time that the idea has been examined. Kellogg Co. tried it in their business in the early 1930’s and found it to be successful.
Now, let me clarify that these points work in theory. There are always issues with any theory. In this case, that would be individual work ethic, as well as what job or career you are in. As well, the wage process would have to be restructured so that workers would end up making about the same money as they are now. However, if it can work abroad, why not here? It’s an intriguing idea anyways.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy the celebration, and your time with family.
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