In yesterday’s Advisor we discussed the history of the 8-hour workday and some beliefs about how it might be modified with great success. Today we’ll look at the potential benefits of the 6-hour workday.
Potential Benefits to a Shortened Workday
Organizations in Sweden are testing this theory of minimal productivity loss with a 6-hour workday and are finding it to be true in many cases. They’ve found other benefits too, even in situations where the extra hours must be made up by other workers. A good example of this situation is for nurses. Patients need care around the clock, so a shorter workday for an individual means that more nurses will need to be brought on to cover all of the hours (productivity is not measured in output in these situations). This will only increase labor costs if everyone involved is salaried; if everyone is paid by the hour, it might actually reduce labor costs due to the reduction in overtime pay. Either way, they’re finding it also results in improvements in other areas that offset increased labor costs. In this example, one major benefit was found in improved patient care because the nursing staff was well-rested and better able to attend to patient needs.
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There are many other potential benefits as well. Employees gain valuable time to spend outside of work. This can allow fewer work disruptions because it allows greater flexibility in appointment scheduling, child care, and more. It can even help with employee wellness because it can allow employees to be less stressed and can provide time for more activities to be done without encroaching on sleep—it can even allow time for fitness-related activities!
In turn, employees who are better-rested and less stressed make fewer mistakes and have better morale. This work environment can lead to fewer arguments or other conflicts. Overall, employees are happier, have higher energy levels, and have fewer workplace accidents. Over time, it can even result in less turnover (thus lowering the associated costs) and can make it easier to recruit new employees when necessary. Employers can also see other direct improvements to the bottom line in the form of reduced absences and fewer breaks.
Is this something your organization would benefit from? Some view the 6-hour workday as a radical change, but others are saying that it makes perfect sense and could be an ideal path forward. We’re all waiting to see how it plays out in Sweden to see what happens next.
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