While most in the Western world work their butts off five days a week, eight hours a day, some companies and even countries are trying to hack the current system of productivity and introduce a four-day working week. There’s been an attempt of introducing this working schedule in Japan when Microsoft Japan carried out an experiment and tried introducing this new schedule. The results were beyond satisfying as the company noticed an almost 40 percent increase in productivity with its employees. Finland’s new prime minister Sanna Marin has some additional thoughts as to why this working schedule is beneficial for society and plans to introduce it in her country.
Finland’s new PM, Sanna Marin, plans to introduce a four-day working week and six-hour-long shifts so that citizens could spend more time with their families
34-year-old Sanna Marit, who is currently the second youngest prime minister in the world, is about to send her country on a different course regarding the typical understanding of work hours. She plans to introduce a four-day working week and six-hour shifts, saying: “I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life.”
Marin is the youngest PM in the history of Finland and is currently the second youngest PM in the world
Sanna Marin believes it’s important to allow Finnish citizens to work less. In her opinion, it is not in question of governing with a feminine style but offering help and keeping promises to voters. The neighboring country of Sweden might have been an example regarding her decision to decrease the length of a working week since they conducted an experiment in 2015 and trialed a six-hour working day. The results showed that employees were happier, wealthier and more productive.