Efficiency Gains from Hour Losses
A full-time job in Canada consists of an employee working 40 hours a week. This 40-hour work week is split into 8 hour increments 5 days a week. There’s been some buzz in the media about some companies deciding to do away with the 40-hour work week. What are the benefits of cutting down these hours?
This Global News Article talks about the success, efficiency and happiness that has been a result of Sweden’s eight hour work day being cut down to six.
The article discussed how, with the 2-hour cut down, employees appeared to be much less exhausted and were even happier when they arrived at work in the morning. Fewer conflicts and a drop in negative feedback also followed the companies that implemented the 6-hour work day.
The ability to be productive for 8 hours straight has always been questioned in the workforce. Thanks to the internet, humans today have a shorter attention span than ever. Staying focused and on task for the entirety of a work day is difficult and, for some, nearly impossible. But the real question is: could a 6-hour workday be possible for Canada? Although the cut down of time spent at work may bring about more time spent with family, it cuts down on the actual time being able to finish your work. For people with very busy professions, this cut down in hours may mean that they are not able to finish all of their work.
Although employees may have some concerns over the details, companies are mostly concerned with the productivity of their employees. So far, the 6-hour workdays have seen positive results from many companies. If Canadian companies hope to increase their productivity, then it may be in their best interest to cut the workday.