HELSINKI, Finland (KRON) – Do you think you’d work better on a 4-day workweek or a 5-day workweek?
If you’re thinking four, you may be on to something.
In Finland, the newly-installed prime minister and youngest prime minster in the world, 34-year-old Sanna Marin, wants to install a 4-day workweek for her citizens.
Marin had previously proposed putting the entire country on a 3-day workweek consisting of 6-hour workdays in an attempt to transition the country to what she called “the next step for us in working life.”
Details have yet to be released.
Finland is a known champion for flexible work schedules.
In 1996, the government introduced a law that gave employees the right to shift their hours up to three hours earlier or later than their employers’ typical requirements.
Last summer, Microsoft introduced its employees to a trial 4-day workweek and found that employee productivity went up almost 40%, with more than 90% of Microsoft’s 2,000+ employees saying they were impacted by the new measures.
That same year, New Zealand firm Perpetual Guardian called its two-month trial of a 4-day workweek a “success in improving work-life balance.”
In 2015, Sweden tested a 6-hour workweek in Gothenburg, with workers reporting boosted productivity and better health.
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