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So, Sweden Have Introduced A 6 Hour Work Day…

So, Sweden have introduced a 6 hour work day in a bid to create happier, more energetic workers and to allow more work to be done in a smaller amount of time. How does this work,

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So, Sweden have introduced a 6 hour work day in a bid to create happier, more energetic workers and to allow more work to be done in a smaller amount of time. How does this work, you ask? Well, by giving people a shorter work day they, effectively, have more time to rest and to enjoy their social life resulting in happier, healthier frame of minds and reduces stress levels. According to an article I found in Forbes written way back in 2012, having long work days can lead to increased stress therefore higher blood pressure. Unhealthy diets also stem from having long days. Let’s face it, we’re more often than not wayyy too tired to be cooking up a storm of healthy and organic food when we’ve just tackled an 11 hour shift, by reducing long work days to just 6 hours it can have a huge impact on people’s mental and physical health. Surely employers who understand that having more physically and mentally able employees with higher energy levels and stamina are going to be more efficient and effective to the company?!

Toyota centres in Gothenburg, made the switch in 2003 and have reported happier staff and increased profit rates within the company. Having an 8 hour shift or longer has proved to be ineffective as opposed to a 6 hour shift, as staff are more likely to become bored, disinterested and lacking in energy towards the end of the day, therefore producing less quality work. However, in companies where the 6 hour shifts have been put in place the staff turnovers have been less and the quality and quantity of worked has improved. Surely its a win win situation with the staff and the companies?! NO BRAINER.

Knowing that you only have a mere 6 hour shift is brill, especially when you still want to have a good balance between your work and your social life. Just because you have a high end job or any job for that matter, it shouldn’t mean that your social life should be put on hold or jeopardised. My favourite motto ever is “work to live, not live to work”, and companies that jump on board of this will definitely find that they’ve created a better workforce and a better workplace.

I think it’s time that the rest of the world get on top of this 6 hour shift malarky so we can all start to lead that healthier and happier lifestyle that we’ve always wanted. An 8-3 with an hour in between sounds like a lovely day to me. Maybe I should just moved to Sweden? The language is pretty crazy but that’s okay and I do love H&M and Monki, and I once went to Sweden and the girl in H&M actually thought I was Swedish, so I know I’d fit RIGHT in… One can dream, okay!

 

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