Great results of the 6-hour workday

A solution that could truly revolutionize our lives has recently been tested in Sweden. It is a six-hour working day, the effectiveness of which is being tested among others among the employees of the Svartedalens care home for the elderly. And the results of this experiment are really great.

Great results of the 6-hour workday

A solution that could really revolutionize our lives has recently been tested in Sweden. It’s a six-hour workday, the effectiveness of which is being tested among other employees of the Svartedalens elderly care home. And the results of this experiment are really great.

In February, the employees at this facility started working 6 hours every day instead of 8, and they kept the same wages. The results have exceeded expectations, as employees are much more efficient in their activities, work better, and feel better at the same time – they say they now not only have much more energy for work, but also for their families.

So more establishments are joining the experiment – Stockholm City Hall, more recently some of the hospitals and smaller, private companies. In the Toyota service in Gothenburg, for example, such a mode of work has been in place for more than a decade and no one thinks about extending the working hours – because the employees work more efficiently, the waiting time for repairs has been reduced, and on top of that they make fewer mistakes and at the same time are more satisfied with their work. This translates into profits for their employer, which have increased by 25% after the change in work mode. So everyone wins.

Working hours have been getting shorter over the past few decades, but in recent years the trend has reversed and people have started working longer and harder, but it turns out that this doesn’t necessarily make their work better. Studies show that since the 1970s, thanks to all the technological innovations and more, our productivity has more than doubled, so researchers point out that theoretically we could now work up to 4 hours a day.

However, despite the positive results, many of the experiments in public institutions will end and they will go back to the standard 8 hours, which is simply related to the political change, because there is a conservative right and liberals in Sweden, who do not like such changes. They note that in the case of public facilities in order to implement a 6-hour workday, it was necessary to hire more staff, which costs extra money. However, proponents of shorter working days point out that not everything should be about cash, since the experiment has made not only the employees of retirement homes, but also their charges much happier.

So do we really need to torture our bodies to the limit for 45 years instead of living to a much older age in peace? The answer to this question, also in connection with the progressive mechanization of more and more professions, will have to be found soon, otherwise it may end in a huge increase in unemployment and another bloody war or revolution. Reducing working hours may be one answer.

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