Sweden offers one of the most generous maternity leave policies in the world and when its citizens want to criticize unfair work policies, they apparently do so in viral videos. If that weren't enough to make you think about moving, here's the latest work-friendly policy in action: municipal staff in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city, are test-driving a six-hour work day -- for the same pay as an eight-hour day.
The 40-hour work week is relic of the past, and some employers in Sweden are looking to the future. Companies as diverse as automobile manufacturers and nursing homes have transitioned to a shorter work day, some of them as far back as a decade ago. Those that have made the change report increased productivity, as well as better work-life balance for their employees.
"Clopening" is the newest trend in the service industry. In order to shave costs by relying on fewer employees, many employers are scheduling the same person to close up a restaurant at midnight, only to return in seven hours to open. Clopening exists in more industries than just hospitality: retail, security, construction, and nursing are using the practice, as well. The harsh consequences of clopening affect more than just the weary service worker; they affect us all in detrimental ways.
Have you ever noticed that you hit the wall at work around the same time every day? It's not just because you had a big lunch, or didn't get enough sleep last night. Some times of day are just better for productivity than others. It might have to with our circadian rhythms. Read on to see what times of the day your body and mind are most alert, and when you just need to call it quits.
Between all the clients you've committed to, a few charities you volunteer with, and the countless and endless number of things you have to do, you're starting to realize you just don't have enough time. Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, here are three ways you can downsize your workday and open up time for fun, friends and family.