Sweden is officially moving towards a 6 hour workday setting across the country. Numerous indigenous and foreign companies based in the country have already made the switch. Toyota has led the way by making their offices in Gothenburg move to 6 hours of work a day nearly 13 years ago. Another app developer company called Filimundus made the move last year.
In their 13 years of 6 hour workdays, Toyota reported improved productivity and increased revenues, satisfied employees and low attrition rates. Linus Feldt, CEO of Filimundus which is based out of Stockholm, said in an interview with ‘Fast Company’, “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.” He summarizes the move by saying, “The eight-hour work day is not as effective as one would think.”
One of the major challenges at workplace today is keep employees active and productive throughout the day. Longer work hours can have a negative impact on this goal as it is difficult to maintain the same level of focus and intensity for 8 or 9 hours. Also, increased work hours do not leave enough time or energy for the employees’ private lives which have a detrimental impact on their health, families and overall well being.
Filimundus’s solution to these problems is to block social media for these 6 hours and keep the number of meetings to a minimum. This allows employees to focus wholeheartedly at the job at hand without any distractions and often get more done in 6 hours than they manage in 8 or 9 hours. According to a report by ‘Science Alert’, a number of hospitals in Sweden have also gone the 6 hour workday routine.