New research from Swedish universities reveals some unexpected findings around working shorter hours. In 2015 the city authority of Gothenburg, Sweden, took the unique decision to extend the right to part-time working to all employees, for any reason. The move has now been analysed in a new research project that reveals how the change led to benefits for employees – but also for managers. The new sustainability analysis of shorter working hours builds upon a survey of 1000 Gothenburg city employees who had a full-time contract, but who had chosen the option of reduced working hours, despite the reduced salary. Previous to 2015, only students or parents of young children had the statutory right to do so.
Jörgen Larsson, Associate Professor and researcher in sustainable consumption, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
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