High costs of Swedish experiment with 6-hour working day

Sweden implements the 6-hour working day, but now appeared the first results from the experiment and they show that the costs exceed the benefits. The experiment was implemented into the Swedish city of Gothenburg, where the working day of 68 nurses in the nursing home was reduced to six hours, which led to need of hiring additional 17 people and increasing costs of 12 million kroner or 2.2 million USD.

The study shows that employees feel healthier and stronger, which decreases the risk of absence from work, but the city does not intend to proceed with the plan.

“It is related to higher costs, absolutely” said the local politician, Daniel Bernmar.

The experiment in Gothenburg is just one of a series of attempts to shorter working day in Sweden. The experience was carefully observed worldwide. Although the data show a decline in the average length of the working day in the country in recent decades, no one has the intention to introduce 6-hour working day nationally.

Sweden is one of the countries with highest standard of living. Sweden’s position as one of the world’s most highly developed post-industrial societies looks fundamentally secure. Unemployment is low and the economy strong, which gives a door for labor experiments an changes, which to improve the quality of life.

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