Why Swedish companies are increasingly moving to a 6-hour day

As the newspaper notes FastCompany, the average American spends a day at work about 8.7 hours (according to the publication “Vedomosti”, the Russians spend on the job even more time). Thus, notes the editor of FastCompany, most of the time the employee spent on handling messages, working with email, checking social networks and so on. Meanwhile, many it companies in Sweden decided to reduce the duration of the working day to six hours. General Director of the Studio-application developer Filimundus Linus Feldt believes that the staff is difficult to remain productive for eight hours, and it would be better to reduce this time.

“I think the eight-hour day is not the best solution. To stay productive the entire day, employees are distracted, to take short breaks and so on. There is another point — every worker would like to spend more time with your family or friends. I was wondering if we could come up with a solution for these two problems,” says Feldt.

The Safe team is working in this mode for almost a year. According to the manual, such changes did not reduce the overall efficiency of employees. In this case, when the transition to such a regime, the team was asked to renounce the use of social media in the workplace, and also to avoid holding unnecessary meetings. Management also reduced the number of meetings with employees. Another Swedish it company — Brath — first used such a system earlier, about three years ago.

According to General Director of a start-up, thus able to retain employees. “When a person gets used to something good, he does not want to lose. Our employees have the chance to pick up the kids from school, to spend more time with family, cook a delicious dinner. We care about our employees,” he says. Toyota service centers in the city of Gothenburg was transferred to its employees on a six-hour day in 2002, the Guardian writes, and since then the routine of working has not changed.

One of the employees of this service center notes that working on the place for eight years, and from leaving it partly keeps it short day. “All my friends envy me,” he says. Such experiments are not only the leaders of private companies. For example, in one of state nursing homes the Swedish nurses also offered to work six hours a day instead of eight — with pay.

It turned out that their job has cost the management more expensive, but patient care has improved as nurses with less effort. Other medical companies of Sweden drew attention to this news. As informs edition the Guardian, the same alternative was offered to their nurses and some doctors (e.g., surgical wards) at least two Swedish hospitals. Regime change in the nursing home is only a temporary experiment, and the leadership is not sure that such a routine will eventually become for nurses official. In 1990-ies, FastCompany notes, this practice was common in such institutions, but later had to be removed because of the high cost.

However, the leadership Filimundus notes that for start-up financial costs no change of mode shall not be. “Employees are equally productive every day. Of course, it happened that right at the moment people not in the office, but this can occur when 8-hour work day. Those companies that cling to the 8-hour, citing the high cost of reducing the duration of work, proceed from the idea that the employee is 100% productive all 8 hours in the office — and it was so.”. The workers themselves Filimundus recognize that with the change of the regime began to feel more energy.

“I empower my colleagues. I see every day they come to work happy and leave it the same. They do not feel tired. In the team became less disputes and conflicts. Were all happy,” says one employee.

In 2014, General Director of American company, Buffer has decided to conduct my own experiment. He began working in a total of 5.5 hours per day (with long breaks throughout the day), seven days a week, while getting up at 4:30 am. As a result, the founder of a startup stopped the experiment for two reasons: Belgian design Studio Central has solved the problem of inefficiency of employees differently.

The company has reduced the duration of the working week to four days, increasing the number of output for employees. On his day off, employees may choose to relax, to do side projects or come to the office. According to the founder of the Studio Geoffroy of Delobelle, efficiency of employees has risen sharply — it was faster to make decisions, to work more productively, to better perform their duties and to complete projects. In addition, over the three-day weekend, workers have time to rest more and come in Monday fresh. Overtime in the Studio is still not welcome, even with the reduction of the working week.

Source: google.co.uk/blog/

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