In Sweden, 70 nurses were given full wages for working just six hours on a work-day for 2 whole years. The results were obviously going to be positive right? No.
Obviously who doesn’t want less work? But on a larger scale, the results failed to impress. The nurses were part of a trial aimed at testing the benefits of less work, which has gained huge attention around the world.
But is the nine to five thing really going to be a thing of the past?
Nurses working shorter hours took less sick days, felt healthier and were more productive. And why wouldn’t they? They will have more time to relax and spend that time in some other recreation.
Assistant nurse Emilie Telander, who has now gone back to eight-hour shifts, told the BBC: “I feel that I am more tired than I was before.”
DUH! If your body will get used to less work then obviously you will get tired faster if you work more than you normally do.
And the biggest problem of the experiment was the cost. The city of Gothenburg spent 12 million kronor on the trial, largely because it had to hire 17 extra nurses to cover the lost hours. Even in Sweden, famed for its generous welfare state, this is apparently too much to bear.
“Could we do this for the entire municipality? The answer is no, it will be too expensive,” Daniel Bernmar, a Left Party councillor who has backed the Gothenburg pilot scheme said.
While it may have captured many headlines, as well as the attention of overworked people around the globe, the idea of a six hour working day has struggled to gain widespread political support in Sweden.
The Left Party is the only party in the country that backs shorter working hours and won just 6 per cent of the vote in the last general election.