Sweden Shifts to a 6-Hour Work Day – Should This Be the New Norm?

Posted by on October 3, 2015 in Economy with 43 Comments

Mark DeNicola | Collective Evolution

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The country of Sweden continues to be on the cutting edge of developing and implementing positive practices.


In September of last year we covered how Sweden’s approach to garbage and recycling is so effective that only 1% of that waste ends up in landfills. Just last week, several media outlets (including ecowatch.com) covered how the country was on the verge of becoming one of the world’s first fossil fuel-free nations. And now Sweden is successfully redefining the 40 hour work week by the widespread implementation of the 6 hour work day.

Related Article: The 40-Hour Work Week is Not Just Bad for You, But Also Bad for Business

The Traditional 40 Hour Work Week

The 40 hour work week is something that most of the world has not only become accustomed to, but has grown to accept. Despite this acceptance, many of us often find ourselves drained week after week, regularly drifting out of focus when at work and eagerly awaiting the point where we can celebrate 5pm on a Friday.

But what if the work week wasn’t so draining? Would we still find ourselves so desperately anticipating the weekly TGIF moment? Or would our productivity actually surpass what we produce within what we seem to have accepted as normal?


Sweden’s Approach

Several Swedish organizations seemed happy to explore this possibility, and have experienced only positive results since making the switch.

The company Filimundus, a Stockholm-based app developer, made the shift last year with the theory that a shorter work day would make employees more motivated to accomplish more in a shorter period of time. The company’s CEO had this to say to Fast Company:

I think the 8-hour work day is not as effective as one would think. To stay focused on a specific work task for 8 hours is a huge challenge. … 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. … My impression now is that it is easier to focus more intensely on the work that needs to be done and you have the stamina to do it and still have energy left when leaving the office.

Related Article: Why Are So Many Americans Leaving Their Vacation Days on the Table?

The one caveat that Filimundus employees must follow is to stay off of social media websites during work hours, something that I’m sure a large number of us currently distract ourselves with for a substantial portion of our 8-hour work day.

Filimundus is just one of many Swedish companies to make the shift, including a retirement home that is in the midst of running an experiment surrounding the change. The company is trying to identify whether the cost of hiring 14 additional employees to cover for the lost hours will be justified by improvements in patient care and employee morale.

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  1. 954383667936792@facebook.com' Darren Walshe says:

    My God bring it on!!!!

  2. 10205959332196038@facebook.com' Michael McGinnis says:

    yes.

  3. 696329873802577@facebook.com' Paul Santo says:

    Yes it should for the love of our families and love of life.

  4. 10153069436295079@facebook.com' Dan Walper says:

    Trish Walper

  5. 1704885026397828@facebook.com' Julie Woodman says:

    Moving to Sweden…

  6. 716529991814269@facebook.com' Philippe Defossez says:

    Not really, a moneyless society should be. We now have the technology and the feasibility to abolish and overgrow the monetary paradigm, which actually has become a necessity much rather than an option.

  7. 10207946875815807@facebook.com' Bernadette Michelle says:

    Yes it should .. We are slaves . 6 hours is enough the rest should be enjoying ur life with family and friends . Too much stress on people working all the hours God sends and for what??? To pay bills . It’s not how it’s meant to be

  8. 493860864098973@facebook.com' Robin Cameron says:

    The article doesn’t say whether it means workers get a 25% pay cut to go with the 25% cut in hours.

  9. 10153440158324279@facebook.com' Volkan Yazar says:

    No. They already have a solid social government and extremely wealthy society. They can handle it with 6-hour-per-day. You can’t. Keep on working hard not to become homeless. 🙂

  10. 475805242592308@facebook.com' Arielle Vale says:

    I am ok with that…

  11. 1032313460134287@facebook.com' Ivan Powell says:

    Isn’t Sweden one of the highest taxed nations in the world.????

  12. 172678179737572@facebook.com' Lone Holm says:

    –ja det er en super god ide–der er ikke arbejde til alle-vågn op danmark

  13. 1498788313778989@facebook.com' Tristano BeAu says:

    Wendy Alejandra quiero!!!!!!!!

  14. 10153558774771774@facebook.com' Liam Havard says:

    no a 4 hour work day should be the norm.

  15. 10207063564288920@facebook.com' Robert L West says:

    When we spend more time with our work mates than with our family and friends, than that imbalance is a huge problem and takes a toll.

  16. 470185079819312@facebook.com' David Middlemiss says:

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    International, National, Global, government is destabilising, transforming, along with all other Fake control systems, Ultimate GOOD Overlays, Transformative Empowerment Protocols, the monetary system, the governmental de stabilisation of the Greek economy is a litmus test to ascertain the backlash, although the natural and nurturant growth of true knowledge is stable and has enmeshed throughout the fake control, monetary, food, energy and centralised governance systems, The Growth, FREE Unity, Of Super Nurtural, Empowerful, Natural Systems is Silently Expanding Super Simbiotic, Super Nurtural Consciousness is Holistically and Totally Transformative, Healing, Creational, Co Creational Empowerful Truth,
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  17. 10153503364875342@facebook.com' Helen Cameron says:

    Would rather have a four-day work week.

  18. 10207439514204551@facebook.com' Effe Bense says:

    It’s a HOAX, unfortunately.

  19. 954723614585165@facebook.com' Bruce Paul says:

    Do they get paid a livable income. If so then awesome.

  20. 2147835612023831@facebook.com' Sue Watson says:

    6 hour a day yes! Then no one would be out of work ! Equally shared ,

  21. 1194071163952079@facebook.com' Agnes Tan says:

    So we could have a more balanced life esp for mothers who juggling work life and home life.

  22. 884532674916507@facebook.com' Justin Deherrera says:

    Nicolle Deherrera

  23. 10203579329643906@facebook.com' Vincent Tan says:

    Socialism At Its Very Best… (Y) CLN…

  24. 10207446917912786@facebook.com' John Singer says:

    The Chinese government would LOVE this to happen!

  25. 10206749598232081@facebook.com' Mark Straka says:

    In USA, $7.25 x 6 = $43.50; times fine days = $217.50; times four weeks = $870/month; that’s $10,440 per year to live on in the Good Ole USA! Don’t rent more than a room, don’t have kids, don’t make any plans, learn to enjoy instant noodles.

  26. 10207858778450147@facebook.com' Christina Nichole says:

    Sweden has one of the highest standards of living in the world but they also pay the most in taxes almost 35% of their income. However they reep huge benefits from this tax system.

  27. 10205274689967682@facebook.com' Perry Kris says:

    Sweden rocks

  28. 879530978790601@facebook.com' Manuelito Perez says:

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  29. 998608260169833@facebook.com' Tom M Skokin says:

    Its about time

  30. 435703166632789@facebook.com' Jan Williams says:

    Sweeden can i move there

  31. 10204689223213236@facebook.com' Raimund Hiegemann says:

    Daumen hoch!

  32. 10203418394620226@facebook.com' Russ Ridlington says:

    Not in America, 10 hours six days a week coming soon

  33. 1626975137562419@facebook.com' Jenifer Mitchell says:

    As long as they don’t cut your pay

  34. 10206923086128194@facebook.com' Nathan Bryson says:

    Niclas Grängsjö

  35. 1061222927223505@facebook.com' David Potter says:

    Dear God, yes. please, please, please!

  36. 509080155934696@facebook.com' Elaine Koch says:

    Ooo yes please bring that on

  37. 440943412760416@facebook.com' Alice Mcateer says:

    Not unless they give the workers a hefty raise to be able to pay their expenses so they do not have to be dependent on our overly bloated government.

  38. 149974185337488@facebook.com' Kat Lopez says:

    more time to self develop on top of spending time with family, friends too.

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