Sweden’s six-hour working day too expensive

Swedish government’s two-year experiment with a six-hour work day aimed at finding out whether people could be happier, less stressed and enjoy their work more if they worked shorter hours.

The scheme saw 80 nurses at an old people’s home in Gothenburg have their forty-hour working week cut to 30 hours in a bid to improve staff satisfaction, health and patient care. Results of the study concluded that it achieved all of these aims; however, the city had to employ an extra 17 staff, pushing wage costs too high. Politician Daniel Bernmar explains that it is far too expensive to carry out a general shortening of working hours within a reasonable time frame. Despite the setback, Bernmar is still supportive of the principle of decreased work hours. “The richer we become, the more we need to take advantage of that wealth in other ways than through a newer car or higher consumption.”

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31. 10. 2017