Imagine getting paid for 40 hours, but only working 30. This is the plan for city workers in small Swedish village.
“You just can't get the same amount of work done, there's just no way,” one Houstonian told KTRH News.
“I would actually prefer a longer workday with less days in the week,” a woman told us. She added however, “My day actually doesn't end after eight hours, I go home and I'm still answering emails and going online.”
Another man in the Galleria area said he would prefer a six hour shift – or even less if possible.
“If I could work entirely from home and still get paid, I am 100-percent certain I could get my work done,” he said.
Workforce motivator Garrison Wynn says this idea of a shorter workday is nothing new, but probably not likely.
“In the 1840s or something, you had a 10-12 hour workday, it was also common to work on Saturdays,” says Wynn. “So, we've been whittling away at the work week for a long, long time.”
Labor expert John Challenger says the likelihood of a six-hour workday -- or even four-day work week -- here in the U.S. is slim to none.
“In our 24/7 environment where we have our cell phones and our laptops with us all of the time, means that even if we were to at a particular place for six hours, we'd be working from home anyway,” he says.
Challenger says the idea simply doesn't translate to all jobs -- especially on an assembly line or manufacturing where you're paid for the part or when the job is done.