The New York Times published an article by Liz Alderman on how Sweden’s experiment with a six-hour workday showed benefits for both the employee and the employer.
Here is the link to that article, In Sweden, an Experiment Turns Shorter Workdays Into Bigger Gains.
I think the six hour work day is a capital idea for a number of reasons, some of which are cited in the article.
I work an 8 hour plus day. I have noticed that I am expended emotionally and intellectually after six hours. I can do my job, which requires an uninterrupted and rapid pace, as expected, very well in 6 hours. The time beyond that is exhausting and draining. I agree that a six hour work day would definitely improve my well-being.
A six hour work day could reduce unemployment because, instead of three eight-hour shifts for jobs requiring 24 hour operation, there would be four six-hour shifts. This is proving to be successful at the hospital noted in the article.
Perhaps a six hour work day would encourage less people to opt for early retirement. That might stoke the Social Security coffers. I know it would make it much easier for me to consider working to age 70 if my work week consisted of 5 six hour days.
It certainly could improve the mental and physical health of the country. Employees would have more time to spend with their families, to volunteer, to exercise/be active, and to make and enjoy home-cooked meals.
We could also see an increase in the interaction between neighbors and an increase in participation in community events which could result in an increased sense of belonging.
Currently, companies and corporations in the US are demanding more hours and more productivity in those hours and we, as employees, are exhausted.
I think the six-hour work day, a 30 hour work week, is a great idea.
What say you?