Sweden has begun the shift to a six hour working day. It is argued this boosts productivity, lowers risk of health problems, and reduces staff conflicts.
Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm-based app developer Filimundus is reported as saying:
“To stay focused on a specific work task for eight hours is a huge challenge…In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the workday more endurable. At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work. We want to spend more time with our families, we want to learn new things or exercise more. I wanted to see if there could be a way to mix these things.”
During the recession the Government promoted a nine day fortnight scheme to attempt to save jobs. Summit Wool Spinners were reported to have saved 57 jobs as a result of the shift which they otherwise would have had to make redundant. However the scheme never really took off and has been quietly forgotten since.
Do you find your current working hours are making you less productive?
Do you think a shorter working day could work for New Zealand?