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A 6 hour working day - effects on health and well-being

  • Torbjörn Åkerstedt
  • Birgitta Olsson
  • Michael Ingre
  • Mikael Holmgren
  • Göran Kecklund
Publiceringsår: 2001
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 197-202
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Human Ergology
Volym: 30
Nummer: 1-2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Tokyo, Uni. of Tokyo Press.


The effect of the total amount of work hours and the benefits of a shortening is frequently debated, but very little data is available. The present study compared a group (N = 41) that obtained a 9 h reduction of the working week (to a 6 h day) with a comparison group (N = 22) that retained normal work hours. Both groups were constituted of mainly female health care and day care nursery personnel. The experimental group retained full pay and extra personnel were employed to compensate for loss of hours. Questionnaire data were obtained before and 1 year after the change. The data were analyzed using a two-factor ANOVA with the interaction term year*group as the main focus. The results showed a significant interaction of year*group for social factors, sleep quality, mental fatigue, and heart/respiratory complaints, and attitude to work hours. In all cases the experimental group improved whereas the control group did not change. It was concluded that shortened work hours have clear social effects and moderate effects on well-being.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • shorter working hours working hours work time reduction wellbeing Adult Attitude to Health* Female Health Personnel/psychology* Health Surveys Humans Male Organizational Innovation* Personnel Staffing and Scheduling/organization & administration* Quality of Life/psychology* Sweden Work Schedule Tolerance/psychology* Workload/psychology*


  • ISSN: 0300-8134

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