Have you ever wondered where the 40-hour work week originated?
Henry Ford actually scaled it back from 48 hours back in the early 1900’s.
The fact we have to go back almost 100 years shows how outdated the model is.
Recently Amazon is in the news for enforcing the 30 hour week, at a reduced rate, yet it’s a step in the right direction.
Sweden boasts a 6-hour workday which is based on research that a person is only productive for 6 hours a day anyway.
I’ll take it a step further and propose a four-day, 24 hour work week.
Salaries would decrease, but in the gig economy most people earn additional income from a side hustle. Corporate wellness exists mainly because of the negative repercussions of over-worked, stressed and distracted workers. Reducing the work week to 24 hours would nearly eliminate sick days, burnout and lack of productivity.
As I mentioned in an earlier article, stop upholding tradition and start focusing on results. With the advancements in technology, scaling “human” work stands true also.
Although Millennials are leading the charge, lifestyle matters more than passion. We work to support the type of lifestyle we want to live. The quicker companies embrace that, time spent/off becomes the greatest currency.
In business, we must evaluate our current procedures to see if there is a more efficient way it can be done. Sweden and Amazon are leading the way, the rest of Corporate America needs to catch up.