Finland’s new Prime Minister Sanna Marin has proposed a new working system that consists of only 4 days of work per week and 6 hours per day.
The announcement came in Marin’s statement to local media on Monday 6. The PM explained that the new working regime will allow the Finnish to commit more time to their families.
The newly elected PM added that reducing working days and hours is important as “families deserve to spend more time in cultural events, with friends or pursue their hobbies.”
The 32-year-old Finnish Minister of Education, Li Andersson, expressed her support to the proposal and anticipated a higher productivity rate.
Indeed, Microsoft tried out a shorter working system in its Japan offices last August and the outcome was a staggering 40% boost in productivity, in addition to a noticeable surge in employee satisfaction.
Other advantages included 25% less time off, 23% less of electricity consumption, and 59% less of printed papers, according to the Guardian.
The experiment was conducted on the multinational’s workforce that amounts to 2,300 employees nationwide in the framework of a project dubbed Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019.
Takuya Hirano Microsoft Japan president and CEO was quoted in the technology giant’s website as saying ““I want employees to think about and experience how they can achieve the same results with 20% less working time.” He added “Work a short time, rest well and learn a lot.”
The decision of the Finnish Prime Minister who took office last December 10 is the first at the government level worldwide.