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The amount of work hours is often associated with hard work. But perhaps the long days aren’t the most efficient way of getting the job done.
Sweden thinks so, as many startups and companies are switching to the 6 hour workday. These companies hope to lower the work hours, but squeeze the same amount of productivity into the day.
"I think the eight-hour workday is not as effective as one would think. To stay focused on a specific work task for eight hours is a huge challenge. . . . In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the workday more endurable. At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work. We want to spend more time with our families, we want to learn new things or exercise more. I wanted to see if there could be a way to mix these things.”
-Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm-based app developer Filimundus.
Yesterday I was having a discussion with the lovely @InPlainSight about the chill life he lives in Australia and how it compares to the American workplace.
Then I stumbled upon this news.
This also made me think about @drwhat ’s card about Vacation Days and America a while back. It seems that different countries have standards for how much and how long to work. And that got my brain spinning.

How long is your work day? Do you think we are spending too much time in the office? And are we working efficiently?

@nicolejb Most days I get to work at about 8am, take an hour or so for a lunch break and head home at 4pm.
When I worked in the service industry I noticed this problem a lot more... I don't know if working shorter days is a great solution but having everyone working 9-5 or 9-6 is really inefficient. The trains would all be congested at peak hours and then dead in between. Restaurants had the same problem. Instead we should be spreading things out so we're not putting too much stress on those systems. I've heard of a few studies that assert the only thing the 9-5 day does is make everyone tired, and I think in some industries that's the case.
Shoot, 8+ hours a day m-f and every other Saturday 8 hours.
Hmmm...six hours seem really nice, but I'm not sure if people can finish everything in six hours. But yes. Americans are spending way too much time in the office and it's making people unhappier and that def leads to inefficiency!
@nicolejb Funny you should say that, I am in my home office working from home right now. I work from home 1 day most weeks so I can have a swim in the ocean before I start work
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