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Should the UK introduce 6 hour work days?

The ‘9 to 5’, Monday to Friday work week is the traditional and most common working schedule for full time employees here in the UK. It varies from job to job –  but the phrase ‘9 to 5’ refers to a working week of around 40 hours, usually from around 9am until 5pm and usually from Monday to Friday.

But what if the number of hours employees were expected to work was reduced from 8 hours per day to 6 hours per day?

That would be great, right? But surely it would never happen.

Well it is happening in Sweden right now – and there are people questioning why it can’t happen here in the UK.

Employers throughout the Scandinavian country are switching to a 6 hour work day in a bid to increase morale AND productivity.

Sweden is considered as one of the happiest places in the world to live

Sweden is considered as one of the happiest places in the world to live

The theory is simple; people will do more work in a shorter amount of time and then have more free time to enjoy themselves and relax.

 

 

In fact, some companies adopted this policy as long as 13 years ago such as Gothenburg’s Toyota, which says the change in employment hours has resulted in much happier staff together with an increase in profit and a decrease in staff turnover.

Leaders of other companies in Sweden have also praised the results after making the change. Linus Feldt, the CEO of an app developing company told the Independent,

The eight-hour work day is not as effective as one would think

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 work day more endurable.  At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work

But would a significant change in traditional working hours like this be welcomed by business owners here in the UK?

What do you think? Are you a business owner who would welcome this idea?

Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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