THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: SEEKING BETTER LIFE BALANCE FINLAND TOYS WITH A THIRTY-HOUR – OR – FOUR-DAY WORK WEEK. A century after the industrial invention of "shift work" spilled over into most other economic sectors, Scandinavian countries – like Finland – are rethinking the productivity paradigm with an eye towards improving the quality of life for workers.
On our farm, we've long observed that productivity is superior in mornings. Does the path for success involve swapping the old 'putting-in-time' concept for the more modern 'work smarter not harder' adage? Finland's new 34-year-old Prime Minister would like to find out. Caleb, Megan & Jim
"Before Sanna Marin became Finland's prime minister in December, she suggested something radically different: perhaps one day the country could experiment with either a four-day work week or six-hour work days, perhaps following the lead of other Scandinavian countries. Marin made the remarks over the summer when she was the minister of transport and communications, according to the Washington Post…
"Sweden has tried a six-hour workday and productivity improved. Microsoft recently announced a successful trial in Japan related to working only four days. The research on this topic suggests that working harder over shorter periods is best because we do optimal work; when we work longer hours, our productivity trails off…
The 40-hour workweek came about because of shift workers in factories. You can blame the Ford Motor Company for that, actually. It instituted shifts for an eight-hour day five days a week way back in 1926. Before that, railroad workers were required to work an eight-hour shift. That all started way back in 1916. It's a bit dated."
It's all about productivity. Not office hours.