Sweden - Assessment of shorter working day - April 30, 2018

Gothenburg’s City Council voted in 2015 to run an 18-month experiment at its Svartedalen elderly care home. The staff would shift from a standard eight-hour working day to just six hours a day with no pay cut. Amidst growing media attention, the question was whether it was possible to cut down on the amount of work hours and yet stay productive. The pilot did manage to stay within budget. However, the biggest achievement of the pilot goes beyond its positive, practical impact. The ensuing public debate about the validity of the standard workday seems to be the true success. The final findings will be published in August, but the results yield the potential for a radical shift in the way the work organisation is conceived.

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