Collier and Lee Counties Edition

Swedes’ Solution

Six-Hour Workday Reaps Benefits

Many Americans work 50 hours a week or more because they think they’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. However, according to a metastudy published in The Lancet, people that clock a 55-hour week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those that maintain a 35- to 40-hour work week. Data from 25 studies that monitored the health of 600,000 people from the U.S., Europe and Australia for up to 8.5 years were analyzed.

Paul Kelley, of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, notes that even a traditional nine-to-five workday is at odds with peoples’ internal body clocks, contributing to sleep deprivation.

Now Sweden is moving toward a standard six-hour workday, with some businesses having already implemented the change. Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm app developer Filimundus, reports that the shift has maintained productivity while decreasing staff conflicts, because people are happier and better rested. Several Toyota service centers in Gothenburg that switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago also report happier staff, a lower turnover rate and increased ease in enticing new hires. A Swedish retirement home has embarked on a yearlong experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day.


Source: ScienceAlert.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Shedding Holiday Pounds

Southwest Floridians are finding that dancing can play a serious role in weight loss.

Barre Fusion Offers Free Pilates Demo Class and Discounts

The Barre Fusion Pilates Studio, in Naples, is kicking off the New Year with a free Pilates Power Reformer demonstration class from noon to 1 p.m., January 9.

Di Palma Opens Dental Practice in Naples

Specializing in providing discount braces for adults, Dr. Dennis Di Palma is offering a free initial consultation for new clients.

12 Powers of Soul Lessons at Unity of Fort Myers

Reverend Clive deLaporte, the new minister and spiritual leader at Unity of Fort Myers, will begin a series of lessons this month on The 12 Powers of the Soul.

Hohle to Speak on Improving Time Management

Dave Hohle, a Christian Science practitioner, teacher and international speaker from Chicago, will present Time is Not a Factor in Your Life, a free talk about gaining freedom from the limitations of time concerns.

Add your comment: