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Honey, Who Shrank the Workweek?

Bob Goldman on

Looking for a job that will let you work less and earn more?

Forget Facebook. Gambol past Google. The job you want isn't in Silicon Valley.

It's in Iceland.

Yes, the tiny island nation that gave us Bjork, fermented shark and puffin burgers has come up with the most revolutionary achievement in job satisfaction since the invention of the paycheck.

And it doesn't matter what kind of job it is.

You could be a teacher, a barista or a police officer. Whatever you do, when you live in Iceland, chances are you will only be doing it four days a week. Not only will you work less, you'll be paid the same salary as when you worked five days a week.

 

I know what you're thinking. "Someone tell me when the next bus leaves for Iceland. I want to get on board."

It was the Reykjavik City Council that introduced the concept of the four-day workweek. They tested it in 2015 and again in 2019.

"The results were gathered from a wide range of workplaces," report Paulina Villegas and Hannah Knowles in the Washington Post. "From offices to preschools, social service providers and hospitals -- leading researchers concluded that the 'transformative positive effects' of a shorter working week are beneficial for employees and businesses alike."

Though your managers may not immediately embrace the idea of less work for the same amount of pay, I imagine you have instantly grokked the advantage of having a few extra hours of the working week to "run errands, participate in home duties, exercise and spend quality time with family and friends."

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