Should Scotland adopt 6-hour flexible working day?

Mental health

As we all return to work after the festive season, there might be a solution to the daily grind. Finland's new prime minister has called for the introduction of a flexible working schedule that would involve a four-day-week and six-hour working day. Sanna Marin said it would allow workers to spend more time with their families. The Nordic nation has embraced agile working patterns for decades as the country adopted the Working Hours Pact in 1996, which gives most employees the right to adjust their typical working hours of their workplace by starting or finishing up to three hours earlier or later. Would it be feasible, or indeed workable, for Scotland to adopt the same approach to work – or would it lead to a downturn in productivity?

6th January 2020 by Robert Armour 2 Comments

Should Scotland adopt 6-hour flexible working day?

Poll results (total votes: 160)

Should Scotland adopt 6-hour flexible working day?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
146
Ratio:
91.25%
Answer:
No
Votes:
14
Ratio:
8.75%

7th January 2020 by Lok Yue

Our productivity is low enough as it is. To be competitive we need to work harder and smarter, not less

7th January 2020 by John

Working "hard" (ie long hours) has little to do with productivity. Finland has higher productivity (GPD per hour worked) than UK yet they already have shorter average working weeks. People do their best work when they are not exhausted and stressed. Doing longer hours does not necessarily mean doing more work, it just means being at work for longer.We need to change workplace culture and reorganise our economy so that wellbeing is valued above GDP, which is artificially inflated by the finance sector and divorced from the world of zero hours contracts and poverty pay brought about by excessive focus on maximising profit.So much of the work of third sector organisations is made necessary by the UK's backwards approach to employment - we end up living in order to work for the benefit of the wealth ownership class, rather than work being something undertaken voluntarily for social or personal benefit.