Working 9-5, what a way to make a living. OR 9-3?

This week's blog is an unashamed discussion point - the new "6 hour work day" being introduced in Sweden.
The policy is once again making Aussie papers, certainly revolutionary, and elegant, in theory. Ballsy, in fact! Apparently, Aussies are working longer, not smarter(ironically though today is a public holiday in Victoria on account of it being Grand Final Eve). Australia is looking curiously to Sweden to see if a 6 hour work week produces more productivity at work, and happier employees all round. It certainly fits in with Sweden's priority to consider families first and put them in the centre of the equation. I get it - If the balance between work, family and 'play' is carefully satisfied, then it stands to reason that we produce a happier and fulfilled population of citizens. 

Thing is, I work in the music business. Self-employed, if you will. Most of my Swedish friends/colleagues don't have traditional jobs. Our jobs are more like a lifestyle. Self-determination, with it's good and bad points, but this is vital to us. Perhaps we can implement our own brand of a '6 hour work day', and/or even get a 'real job', but that's beside the point ;-)  I'd love to know, how is this new 6 hour work day working in Sweden? Can any Swedes shed some light, if their workplace has started to implement this? Does it produce a happier and therefore more effective workplace? If yes, then bring it on. 

I'd love to hear your feedback. And in Oz, do you think we could ever enforce a 6 hour working day? How are we juggling all the responsibilities, and for mums and dads, even affording day care??? But hey, Victorians, don't worry about that stuff today. It's YOUR public holiday, while the rest of the country.. WORK!

T x

 
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Oct 1 2015.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/sweden-is-moving-towards-a-six-hour-working-day-as-australias-hours-increase-20150930-gjyp33.html

 

5 comments

  • TB

    TB London

    From a family standpoint, I totally agree with a 6 hour work day. As a nanny, I see the difference it makes to a family when the parents come home early from work to see their children. I have spent the last 16 years caring for kids that spend roughly an hour per day with their kids. Sometimes less. When a parent comes home early to spend time with their offspring, the atmosphere in the house is absolutely wonderful. The children beam with happiness which in turn makes the parents exude happiness. Kids grow up so fast, that every minute spent is priceless, and one you can't ever get back if lost. Of course I know shorter work days for some = less pay which is just not feasible. Balance is the key and I'm all for it.......Anyway back to work for me....I have another 2 hours before my 12 hour workday is done :-p

    From a family standpoint, I totally agree with a 6 hour work day. As a nanny, I see the difference it makes to a family when the parents come home early from work to see their children. I have spent the last 16 years caring for kids that spend roughly an hour per day with their kids. Sometimes less.
    When a parent comes home early to spend time with their offspring, the atmosphere in the house is absolutely wonderful. The children beam with happiness which in turn makes the parents exude happiness.
    Kids grow up so fast, that every minute spent is priceless, and one you can't ever get back if lost.
    Of course I know shorter work days for some = less pay which is just not feasible.
    Balance is the key and I'm all for it.......Anyway back to work for me....I have another 2 hours before my 12 hour workday is done :-p

  • Brett

    Brett Adelaide

    Hi Tania, any plans for some 'Day on the Green' gigs with Bachelor Girl over Southern Hemisphere summer? Would be great!

    Hi Tania, any plans for some 'Day on the Green' gigs with Bachelor Girl over Southern Hemisphere summer? Would be great!

  • Tania Doko

    Tania Doko

    Hi Brett! Thanks for the enquiry! Would love that... we're hatching a plan! Tania

    Hi Brett! Thanks for the enquiry! Would love that... we're hatching a plan!
    Tania

  • Michelle

    Michelle Melbourne

    Hey Tania. Sorry this email is a few years late but your song 'Treat me good' entered into my head due to an emotional situation that prompted it. Hence I looked you up and found your blog. The six hour working week would make family life better. I ask what is more important time or $. Having an extra couple of hours up your sleeve allows quality time to spend with your family and you can save $ as you will have more time to get organised. Currently I coincidentally work a six hour day but had to change professions to find this avenue. The Swedes have many fantastic policies that make for a better family life and world. All around the world take heed. P.S. Thanks for your fantastic songs. 🙏

    Hey Tania. Sorry this email is a few years late but your song 'Treat me good' entered into my head due to an emotional situation that prompted it. Hence I looked you up and found your blog. The six hour working week would make family life better. I ask what is more important time or $. Having an extra couple of hours up your sleeve allows quality time to spend with your family and you can save $ as you will have more time to get organised. Currently I coincidentally work a six hour day but had to change professions to find this avenue. The Swedes have many fantastic policies that make for a better family life and world. All around the world take heed.
    P.S. Thanks for your fantastic songs. 🙏

  • Michelle

    Michelle Melbourne

    Hej igen 🙂. Ok on further reflection, I need to present the 6 hour work day article to my local MP. As they say 'from little things big things grow'. And, if I wasn't already working a 6 hour day I would find a way to relocate to Sverige .🇸🇪 🇬🇸

    Hej igen 🙂.
    Ok on further reflection, I need to present the 6 hour work day article to my local MP. As they say 'from little things big things grow'. And, if I wasn't already working a 6 hour day I would find a way to relocate to Sverige
    .🇸🇪 🇬🇸

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