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6 Hour Workdays: Good Or Bad Idea?

Teri Landreth/Townsquare Media

If you work longer than 8 hours, you might hope that America would do what Sweden is trying to do: shorten the work day hours.  But is it a good idea?

Let’s face it…even if your job description says you work 8 hours a day, chances are you probably work longer than the average workday just to get all of your work done.  But could all of your work be done in 6 hours?

Sweden not only thinks it can be done, they also think it could be beneficial.  Apparently, the country of Sweden is pushing for shortening the average workday from 8 hours to 6.  Why?  Because they believe that having the average of 6 hours for a workday would make people more efficient at their jobs, cut down on the amount of sick days from employees, and could ultimately save the country money.

A city in Sweden is already testing out this theory, and if all goes well, there’s a good chance this 6-hour workday could become reality for the rest of the country.

Now, I must admit, when I first heard of this, I thought it would be a GREAT idea.  I mean who wouldn’t want to have a shorter workday? But then a little reality set in as far as my own workday goes. Technically I’m to work the average 8-hour workday, but it slowly turns into 10, maybe 12 hours and after that, I tend to lose count. I’m basically here longer because I have more tasks that I need to take care of, and sometimes, I even take some of my work home so I can continue working even after work hours.

I know I’m not alone, for many of us, that IS our work reality.

Would you want your workday shortened to 6 hours a day, and if so, could you get all of your work done in that shortened time?

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