Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Six-Hour Workday Works in Europe. What About America?

By Rebecca Greenfield, Bloomberg

For about a year, nurses at the Svartedalens retirement home have worked six-hour days on an eight-hour salary. They're part of an experiment funded by the Swedish government to see if a shorter workday can increase productivity. The conclusion? It does.

As with any cultural shift in the workplace, the six-hour day has to prove itself more than just humane. For any employer, in Sweden or elsewhere (and perhaps especially in the U.S.), an abridged workweek can't damage productivity if it's going to have a chance. A year's worth of data from the project, which compares staff at Svartedalens with a control group at a similar facility, showed that 68 nurses who worked six hour days took half as much sick time as those in the control group. And they were 2.8 times less likely to take any time off in a two-week period, said Bengt Lorentzon, a researcher on the project.  

Commentary by: Lynn Cheramie, Founder, Freedom Fighters of America

They say they've squeezed as much out of the American Worker as possible but with the scenario of the 6 hour work week who do they think that will squeeze, THE AMERICAN WORKER. If a worker can do in 6 hours what they do in 8 then the company makes the same profit but reduces employee expense by 25%. The American People would have to purchase the same goods and services with 25% less income. One of the reasons this will eventually happen in the United States is because of the $15.00 minimum wage that's coming nationwide. Companies will continue to find ways to make more money on the backs of the hardworking American People!


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