Sweden is the latest country to experiment with it's health service's working hours due to fears that traditional hours are taking a toll on the health of both individuals and the organisations for which they work.
The question is does the cost of reducing hours outweigh the negative impact that longer hours can have on us all?
“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.” Attempts to prove the effectiveness of reduced hours have been inconclusive so far. A handful of trials in the 1990s and 2000s were scrapped due to a lack of raw data. One success has come at Toyota’s Swedish service centre where shifts were cut 13 years ago, sparking an immediate boost to productivity and increased profits. The company has kept the shorter shifts ever since.