In Sweden, on average, citizens have 6-hour workdays and this has caused a measurable boost in productivity, energy and happiness. While this may not be feasible in America, it can be a model to improve outcomes for workers here. The balance is a result of workers feeling more secure and balanced.
Turns out, if you really want to make your employees happy, you might consider cutting their hours. Recently, researchers in the country’s second-largest city, Gothenburg, conducted a 23-month study testing a six-hour workday for nurses in an eldercare facility. From February 2015 to December 2016, the researchers examined the effects that a shorter work week had on 68 female nurses, a profession that is considered highly stressful.