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dateline: 13 October 2015

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Sweden Experimenting with a 6-Hour Work Day

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • productive: able to get a lot of work done
  • distraction: something that takes one’s focus away from a present task or activity
  • coordinate: to plan and schedule
  • adopt: to start or take on something new
  • turnover: the rate at which the staff are replaced in a workplace

Sweden Experimenting with a 6-Hour Work Day

Workplaces in are experimenting with a 6-hour work day and are seeing positive results. Managers say that staff with work hours are coming to work with more energy. They are also more productive. They waste less time on distractions such as , and spend less time coordinating their during work hours. In addition, staff turnover is lower in workplaces that have adopted a 6-hour work day. In America, the work day is 8.7 hours.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What are some workplaces in Sweden experimenting with?
  2. What results have been reported by managers?
  3. How many hours per day does the average American work?

Discussion Questions: Besides reducing the number of work hours, what other types of flexible work arrangements make people more productive?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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