For health and productivity โ€” could the Netherlands see a shorter work week?

The Dutch trade union CNV is devoting their efforts towards a change for 30 hours werkweek as opposed to 36+ working hours, citing an increase in burnout among Dutchies.

In a CNV study, one in five workers in the Netherlands is facing burnout as this percentage drastically doubled from 11% to 21% due to the coronavirus crisis. 36% of workers are shown to face work-related stress the longer the crisis lasts, while 42% of workers are doing their work with less pleasure โ€” who could say no to working less at this point? ๐Ÿ˜ช

In a grim reference to their latest data, CNV chairman Piet Fortuin warns that the burnout situation is โ€œgetting more and more dire.โ€ ๐Ÿคฏโฐ

Justification and support

In an argument in favour of a four-day workweek, Fortuin looks at examples of companies that already made the switch where workers are shown to be โ€œhappier, more efficient, and more productive.โ€

โ€œThe corona crisis teaches us that we can switch faster than we thought.โ€ says Fortuin โ€œnow that the economy is thriving again, it is a logical time to switch to a four-day workweek.โ€

The CNV study shows widespread support from workers where 66% see that a four-day workweek would lead to lower illness absenteeism, 73% say it will improve overall work-life balance, and 62% agree that it will create more time for informal care and volunteer work.

Similarly, 48% of workers believe a 30 hours workweek will make them more productive and efficient. ๐Ÿ’ช

What do you think of a shorter workweek? Tell us in the comments below!

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Farah believes she's been on many adventures during her millennial life, each for a different (sometimes invisible) purpose. The latest adventure whisked her away to Amsterdam for love, and what a magical surprise she found in this city. Armed with imaginary confetti in her pocket, and ready to celebrate all wins, big and small, Farah says "ahla w sahla" or โ€œwelcomeโ€ to her latest adventure in this wonderland.


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