Could Sweden’s 6-Hour Work Day Become a Global Norm?

Katie Sweeney

Sweden has recently become a topic of conversation among American CEOs. Why? Many Swedish companies have cut the average work week from 40 hours per week to 30 hours per week. This means the Swedish employee is working just six short hours a day. CNN reports that studies have found working less results in better morale and more productivity.

Linus Feldt, CEO of an app developer based in Stockholm, explains that “the eight-hour work day is not as effective as one would think. 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.”

These Swedish companies require that employees reduce personal business at work and have omitted non-essential meetings. In America, the average employee works 47 hours per week, so the thought of cutting out 17 hours seems very far-fetched. According to CNN, American workers don’t want less hours of work, they want more flexible time on the job.

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