Work Less, Produce More?

downtimeFinding work-life balance is a challenge for nearly everyone. A promising new study in Sweden suggests working less could be the key to better productivity and more importantly, health.

In the study, employees worked six hours per day rather than eight, for the same pay. A recent check-in with the participants showed dramatic decreases in absenteeism and increases in productivity and worker health.

The thought is simple: when we work less, we’re happier, so the quality of work increases despite the shorter duration of work hours.

While some U.S. businesses allow employees to leave early on Fridays during the summer months, it’s not quite as likely that we’d adopt a 30-hour workweek. Or is it? Let us know your thoughts.


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