Sanna Marin, the Prime Minister of Finland, believes that a four-day work week with six-hour work days would enable workers to spend more time with their families. Marin became the Prime Minister in December 2019 and is a leader of the centre-left coalition that contains five other parties that are all led by women leaders.
The concept of a shorter work-week is not new. It has been tried and tested in companies across the globe. For example, Microsoft Japan found that the employees were much more productive and happy when they worked shorter weeks.
Back in 2018, Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand-based legal company, was heralded in the news for introducing a four-day work week. Its founder, Andrew Barnes observed that the results at Perpetual Guardian were “remarkable.”
As the policy of shorter work-weeks and six-hour work days spreads across various companies in the world, Sanna Marin is one of the pioneering leaders who is planning to implement such work policies on a country-wide level.