A study on the potential benefits of reducing the working week

While historical data shows that the length of average working days has fallen in Sweden over the past century, there are no plans to establish six-hour working days at a national level.

The same thing is true for working four days a week instead of five. Benefits of a four-day week There are a few key benefits to the employee.

With employees working less often, you may lose a potential sale to a competitor, especially if the business climate suddenly improves. My company, Think Productive, always likes to be ahead of the game and we switched from a standard five-day week to a four-day week just over two years ago.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Reducing Working Hours

However, it may also lead to lost sales or an exodus of employees. When you work a five-day week, you walk in on Monday morning with a veritable feast of days ahead.

This lowers your operating expenses and raises profits. Bernmar said the project had always been scheduled to end inand there had never been a plan to make the arrangement permanent at the end of the trial.

Does everyone have to take a pay cut? Fair Labor Standards Act The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay overtime pay, or time worked above what an employer defines as full-time, at a rate of 1. It also guards against overwork and long workweeks that leave the weekend confined to nothing more than recovery and recuperation ready for the next overly long workweek.

Advantages Because paying your employees on an hourly basis is a variable cost, a reduction in working hours improves your profitability, all else being equal. In addition, a worker may view his reduced hours in comparison to other workers as favoritism, which may affect his morale.

A couple of these were specifically about my working hours. Reducing hours in a judicious manner improves the chance of getting the most out of your employees. Daniel Breece for the Guardian Reducing working hours for care workers reduces their sick leave, makes them feel healthier and improves the care they give to their patients — but comes with an appropriate price tag.

Managing Hours When business is good, it is easy to justify giving more hours across the board. A standard working day assuming Monday to Friday would be 7.

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Efficiency up, turnover down: And with a five-day week there are five lunch breaks to eat into, five opportunities to pressure them into staying an extra hour, five possibilities for early starts and so on.

Doing the same number of working hours in a week, but reducing the number of set-ups, commutes, lunch hours and so on is eerily productive. In Februarynurses at the Svartedalens retirement home switched from an eight-hour to a six-hour working day for the same wage — the first controlled trial of shorter hours in Sweden in about a decade.

Drawbacks of a four-day week As an employer, the dilemma when we trialled and then adopted permanently the four-day week model was whether it would actually increase productivity as most studies on the subject seem to suggestor whether it would just leave us under-staffed.

Lessons from a 4-day working week

You decide not to start that big project until the afternoon, or you leave it until Tuesday morning. But when you know you only have four days, psychologically you already feel that sense of scarcity: At the time, Lise-Lotte Pettersson, a year-old assistant nurse at Svartedalens, said: A final set of results is expected in March.

Then, everyone under our four-day week programme works a five-day week once every four weeks. As a small business, it is best to hire employees and raise or lower worker hours as needed.

Far from being annoying and unproductive, those Fridays usually become quiet office days, ideal for catching up, reviewing the workload, getting ahead of the admin and so on. Fillon said the hour week would apply straight away in the public sector and that negotiated deals in the private sector can allow people to work up to an EU ceiling of 48 hours.

Dissatisfied employees may become less productive, leading to lower sales. In short, you say yes to fewer things and focus on the stuff that adds the most value.

Lowering employee pay also lowers your portion of payroll taxes.Reducing workers' hours may create a lost "opportunity cost" of lost sales. With employees working less often, you may lose a potential sale to a competitor, especially if the business climate suddenly improves.

You also face the potential of losing an employee who is dissatisfied with lower pay. A standard working day (assuming Monday to Friday) would be hours, whereas in the Think Productive office, we work hours.

Then, everyone under our four-day week programme works a five-day week once every four weeks. Sep 29,  · By most accounts, the American workweek is now at its most saturated: Nearly 86% of American men and 67% of women work more than 40 hours in any given week, in the name of productivity, financial necessity and, according to.

The trial found employees spent more of their reduced working hours on ‘social activity’ with residents. Photograph: Daniel Breece for the Guardian Reducing working hours for. A 30 hour work week is seen by some as a way to more evenly distribute the shrinking pool of labor among workers, and reduce the potential of automation to increase income inequality.

Mexican magnate Carlos Slim has gone further, arguing that a reduced work week will increase innovation, and mesh better with shifts in aging patterns.

week towards “non-standard” work schedules, for example shift and part-time work, compressed workweeks, weekend work, on-call work etc. Together these trends point to a new context for working-time policy in the twenty-first century.

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