Sweden’s six-hour working day a popular proposition for UK workforce, finds Sonia Rach

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100% of HR Managers would consider a six-hour working day, according to Crown Workplace Relocations.


Since Sweden started trialling the six-hour working day, British workers have been toying with the idea. The recent survey found that not a single HR professional dismissed the idea. 17% of those surveyed said they would “definitely” consider the change, whilst 83% responded with “possibly”.

Additionally, three out of five bosses (60%) stated they would introduce it in their business, rising to three quarters in the capital and 88% in Glasgow. 75% of office workers also favoured the shorter working day and this was 78% in London.

The report also looked at employees’ and bosses’ reasons for preferring the change. They believed staff would be just as productive in the six hours as they are in eight. 28% said it would improve relationships with family, 16% said they would take fewer sick days and 27% felt it would make them more creative.

Only one in five bosses feared staff would be less productive, with only 12% of employees agreeing.  

Barry Koolen, regional managing director at Crown Workplace Relocations, commented: “The introduction of a six-hour working day has already been implemented by some employers in Britain with many reporting positive results – improved employee focus and productivity.

“Historically the British eight-hour working day was created to encourage a work-life balance and these findings suggest we may soon see a new cultural shift towards a six-hour working day.”

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