How many times have you cribbed about going to the office on a weekend? Basically, your typical Saturdays at the office are spent daydreaming about how amazing it would be to have a five-days-working week? Well, while you are busy building pre-dated sandcastles here, Finland may be on the path to taking up your dream up a notch, thanks to its PM Sanna Marin’s-proposed plan of a four-day week and six-hours working in a day work-schedule! Yeah, let that jaw hang open for a while there pal.
We already know that Sanna Marin, the youngest Prime Minister in the world is a force to be reckoned with. So, when recently, news of her proposed idea of a four-day-week and six-hour working day work schedule for the citizens of her country started making the rounds, people were beyond ecstatic. Her logic behind the switch was to allow people to spend more time with their families and also invest their time in other aspects of life.
“I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life,” Sanna Marin had said.
And it was not just the natives of Finland who were all ‘yes’ for her idea but countless people from all over the world clamored to support her, with some even expressing their desire to shift to Finland for good.
And now, it is time for the moment of truth as…
…Sanna Marin didn’t really propose the idea, at least not since she became Finland’s Prime Minister
The proposed idea that has triggered everyone was broached by Marin back in August 2018, who was Minister of Transport then, way before she assumed the office of PM. Thus, these proposals neither included in the Finnish government’s policy programme nor there are any immediate plans of incorporating it- something that the Finnish Government recently cleared.
“In the Finnish Government´s program there is no mention about 4-day week. Issue is not on the Finnish Government’s agenda. PM @marinsanna envisioned idea briefly in a panel discussion last August while she was the Minister of Transport, and there hasn’t been any recent activity,” they wrote.
The 20th century has witnessed a significant change in the paradigm of the working week in Europe but of late, the five-day week and eight-hour workday have, more or less, became the staple work schedule.