Some studies show employees work harder during six-hour work days than in an eight-hour day.
The definition of “work week’’ continues to undergo revision, as employer’s measure productivity against the need for a work-life balance while also demanding that employees put their time in for their salaries.
In 2014, the talk was about the four-day, 10-hour-a-day work week, which has been popularized by many tech companies in Silicon Valley. Some are even doing the four-day, nine-hour-a-day work week, and using it as an incentive to join their firm.
Now, many businesses in Sweden are switching to a five-day, six-hour work week, with an eye toward increased productivity.
Toyota, a key business in Gothenburg, actually took the first step more than a decade ago, according to Fortune magazine. But now the six-hour work week has become popular in Stockholm.
“The eight-hour work day is not as effective as one would think,’’ said app developer Filimundus CEO Linus Feldt. “To stay focused on a specific work task for eight hours is a huge challenge. In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the work day more endurable. At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work.”
The six-hour day often comes with restrictions, including no lunch break and minimal short breaks. Also, at Filimundus, staffers are not allowed to check their social media accounts at any time.
Studies have shown that Americans who work eight-hour days only work six of those hours, anyway. According to studies cited by The Atlantic, Americans spend between 1.5 and 3 hours per work day on personal activities. Careerbuilder has a study showing that most workers waste at least one hour each work day on personal concerns.
Investors surveyed by Millionaire Corner were in favor of the four-day work week. Seventy percent gave that idea the nod, with 76 percent saying the four-day work week should be 10-hour work days instead of nine.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.