Companies across Sweden are shifting to a six-hour workday—especially since workplaces that have made the switch showed higher profits, increased productivity, and greater employee satisfaction. Could Americans in a workaholic culture make the shift? #SixHoursPlenty or #SixHoursNotEnough? Scroll down for further evidence and VOTE!
Studies of companies in Sweden who've implemented the six hour workday report only benefits: greater productivity, higher profits, lower turnover, fewer sick days, and greater employee satisfaction. There doesn't seem to be a downside.
Experts told CNBC they are skeptical about whether American workers could handle a six-hour workday because "putting in the hours" is so deeply ingrained in our workaholic culture.
Sweden's six-hour workday is evidence-based. Yes, it was designed to give workers more time to attend to their families, their health, and their lives outside of work—but the science is in and the change benefits the companies as much as the employees. Why would the United States resist a change that would be beneficial in terms of both profits and people?
Then again, we're a country that's never even adopted the metric system. Change is hard, and many American companies cling to the idea that more hours spent at the office are better, despite all evidence to the contrary.