While studies have for long suggested that shorter work hours is better for business, employers around the world put it to the test, and found it to be true.
You might have heard that Sweden is looking into shorter work hours, but one company decided to share their experience with the 6-hour work day.
A retirement home in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, conducted a small experiment where they observed if cutting nurses’ working hours would have a positive or negative impact. And their findings were not the least surprising when you think of them thoroughly.
At the Svartedalens retirement home, nurses who had six-hour work days, showed to be 20 percent more happy, worked more efficiently, and had enough energy to be productive during spare time.
The shorter work hours also showed improvements in many aspects. The nurses with less work hours took half as much days off sick compared to those with more working hours, and were 2.8 times less likely to ask for a day off during the week.
Another company in Gothenburg tried the same thing. It was over a decade ago that Toyota in the city implemented less working hours, and now say they have happier staff and increase in profits.
As proven, profit will not come by exploiting the energy and time of your workforce, because if laborers are not happy and comfortable, their quality of work will be poorer. In the end, the success of companies is rarely in the amount of production, but in the quality.