Sweden has always done things a bit differently. While their taxes are the highest in the world, all of Sweden’s citizens get equal access to healthcare, and their education is ranked as one of the highest in the world.


Now, Sweden is paving another road to success. For the next year, Sweden will be experimenting with six hour workdays instead of eight.


The experiment is simple and straightforward: there will be two groups, one working a six hour day and another sticking to the eight hour work day — both will still be getting the same pay.


“We’ll compare the two afterwards and see how they differ. We hope to get the staff members taking fewer sick days and feeling better mentally and physically after they’ve worked shorter days,” Mats Pilhelm, a Left Party city councillor in Gothenburg, told The Local.


Pilhelm also believes that this will boost overall productivity, as recent research has pointed to shorter hours corresponding with higher productivity.


However, not everyone agrees with this experiment.


According to The Local, “Maria Rydén of the Moderates, who also sits on the city council, told the Metro newspaper that the proposal was a ‘dishonest and populist ploy’ with elections just around the corner.” Rydén added that she does not think this will have any impact on quality.


This entire experiment is just that, however: an experiment. Any disagreements about the change in productivity, health, and happiness will be cut short if this proves successful. With any luck, this might just be contagious, and other countries might also try using this model as well. Happy hour, anyone?


What do you think of a six hour work day? Do you think it would boost productivity, health, and overall happiness? Or do you think this is just a ploy to get votes? What would you do if you were an employer? Let me know your comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!