The Workweek Revolution

From 6 days a week to 5

In 1908, a cotton mill in the US implemented the first 5-day workweek. Before then, people were working 6 days out of the 7 available. The industrial revolution which automated many jobs and increased production, allowed corporations to shift to a shorter week without compromising on productivity.

The numbers don’t lie

Between 2016 and 2018, a small Danish IT company called IIH Nordic, increased its profit by more than 200% by reducing the working week from 40 hours to 35. 200% does seem like an inflated number, but according to bestselling author and workplace consultant Pernille Garde Abildgaard, it’s not the only metric that went up for IIH.

Speaking of time

Time is our most precious commodity. In his special theory of relativity, Albert Einstein declared time is relative. This means the rate at which time passes depends on a point of reference. What if your well-being is your point of reference? Or perhaps it’s your youth or mental health. Isn’t your time an even more valuable resource when these are all on the line? Imagine what you can do with an extra day on your hands.

The Elusive Work/Life Balance

It can be incredibly easy to get lost in our job and let it define who we are. This is only human, and it’s understandable. At the end of the day, our job is very important. It puts a roof over our heads, it gives us our status in society, and it connects us with other like-minded people… it’s social and we are social creatures. However, there mustn’t be a tradeoff.

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