Guess It's Time to Move to Sweden
February 3, 2018 2:46pm CST
I'm American and have no plans to expatriate. But sometimes a “carrot” is held out in front of me. A temptation. It kind of makes me want to at least consider living in an alternative place on the planet. Instead of ever being offered a 6-hour workday, I was offered a 10-hour workday. Of course, I got a 3-day weekend, every other week. But still! I think I could get just as much work done in 6 hours and I would get done in 8 hours. What about you? Would you think about moving to Sweden for a 6-hour workday? Or perhaps we could convince the companies in our own country to think about copying the Swedes. Do you think a 6-hour workday would boost your productivity? "The eight-hour workday hasn’t changed much since Henry Ford first experimented with it for factory workers. Now, Americans work slightly longer–an average 8.7 hours–though more time goes into email, meetings, and Facebook than whatever our official job duties actually are. Is it time to rethink how many hours we spend at the office? In Sweden, the six-hour workday is becoming common. ..." This article is 3 years old - published in 2015. But it's news to me!
13 people like this
• United States
I never minded the 8-hour workday. As a teacher, I worked more that 8 hours a day and also spent weekends writing lesson plans, grading papers, or attending school events. I suppose if one loves a job, the hours do not matter.
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hey there, Tell me about it. Here in Brazil, I'm leaving home at 08:50 a.m. And I get home at 20. So it's almost like a twelve hours shift. In fact, it's a 9 hours shift - but the transportation makes it so unbearable! I've always though about moving elsewhere. I'm currently looking for opportunities, though it's way harder to me. In fact, looking for opportunities is something we all should do. Who knows what we might find? Perhaps a job here, there, elsewhere. hahahahaha I wish us both good luck! Regards!
• Austin, Texas
@LadyDuck - Expense or daily cost of living is a huge factor and likely the main reason people would not relocate. But for me, it would be the weather! Cold is the reason I don't even want to visit Canada and that country is right next door to US!
• Saint Lucia
I wish our country had that policy sadly people in my country work like slaves and we hardly see our reward. I might as well move to Sweden as well if its thas cause I feel it would be even better for me but question is is it for a time period? Or will it be permanent we will be working six hours a day.