This Country Will Bring 4-Hour Workweek, 6-Hours Working Day For All Employees: Will Indian Employers Notice?
Update: As per a report, Finland PM never proposed a 4-hour workweek after she become PM. However, she had proposed something similar, before she became PM, at the age of 34 years.
None the less, the idea about 4-hour workweek is indeed great, and more discussion needs to be conducted for this.
Recently in news we all got acclaimed to the fact that the world has celebrated the youngest Prime Minister, Finland’s new Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Her advent to the position brought along certain changes, paving a pathway for more.
She has called for the introduction of a flexible working schedule in the country, which involves a ‘four day week’ and a ‘six-hour working day’ work culture.
Marin Brings Along New Work Schedule
The 34 year Sanna Marin, who is the second youngest head of government in the world has called to introduce a flexible working schedule in Finland, which involve a four-day-week and six-hour working day.
She believes that this change would allow workers to spend more time with their families. In fact, before she became the PM, she was the Minister of Transport for Finland. While in the position, she advocated for shorter work weeks to improve employee rapport and productivity.
The current work timings in Finland is eight hours per day for 5 days a week. The proposal was immediately welcomed with enthusiasm by the Minister of Education, Li Andersson.
Will Employees Become Happy?
Not just in Finland but the neighbouring country Sweden too has applied the six-hour-day work culture since 2015 and the results show that after this change was implied, the employees were happier, wealthier and more productive.
In early December Finland’s ruling Social Democratic Party council voted 32-29 to name Sanna Marin over rival Antti Lindtman to take over the government’s top post from incumbent Antti Rinne.
In November too, Microsoft Japan took a bold move and introduced a three-day weekend for their employees, in order to improve the work-life balance. This proved to improve productivity by a staggering 39.9%.