WHILE THE FOUR-DAY workweek seems to be gathering momentum, Finland pushed the boat out this week. The country’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin – who is also the world’s youngest sitting prime minister – has proposed the country work four days a week for six hours each day.
It’s not the only country to toy with reducing the working day, Sweden tested a six-hour working day a few year’s ago and the UK Labour Party had suggested the introduction of a 32-hour working week if elected before Christmas.
While some research has suggested that working shorter weeks can increase productivity and reduce employee stress levels, the implementation may not be plain sailing across all industries.
Speaking to Fora, last year Maeve McElwee, director of employee relations at Ibec said what works for one business might not work for all and used the example of care facilities that need staff to work for 24 hours, seven days a week.
Keeping this in mind, we are asking Fora readers this week: Do you think working a shorter week would make you more productive?