I just read an article about an experiment in Sweden and if you are an overworked American employee, I thought I should share it with you. The cliff notes are below. Read it, close your eyes, and imagine if your boss came to you tomorrow and said, “Work only six hours a day.” How would that feel? The article highlights as promised (with a link to the entire article):
In Sweden, an Experiment Turns Shorter Workdays Into Bigger Gains
“We thought doing a shorter workweek would mean we’d have to hire more, but it hasn’t resulted in that because everyone works more efficiently,” said Maria Brath, who founded an Internet search optimization start-up in Stockholm three years ago based on a six-hour day. The company, which has 20 employees, has doubled its revenue and profit each year.
“Since we work fewer hours, we are constantly figuring out ways to do more with our time,” Ms. Brath said.
Sitting inside their airy office, Brath’s employees checked off the ways. “We don’t send unnecessary emails or tie ourselves up in meetings,” said Thommy Ottinger, a pay-per-click specialist. “If you have only six hours to work, you don’t waste your time or other people’s time.”
“It’s kind of a life changer,” he said, adding that the environment inspired fierce staff loyalty.
And employees say that more downtime makes them happier on the job. “Simply put, we work more efficiently,” said Matthias Larsson, 33. Thanks to his shorter hours, Mr. Larsson can care for his three children, cook, clean and shop while his wife is at work.