#1. Finland’s PM calls for shortening working hours
In May, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called for a shorter work week due to COVID-19. This week, the Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin joined the debate by (re)embracing shorter workdays. While Marin had previously advocated for a six-hour workday, in her speech to the Social Democratic party earlier this week, she fell short of specifying how short the workdays in Finland should be. According to Reuters, Marin said shorter workdays could improve workers’ work-life balance. With the emphasis on flexibility, the idea of shorter workdays is in line with the findings of our own research that looked into workers’ expectations for the post-COVID era. Three in four employees want to retain flexibility over their working hours in the future, and 67% of them would like their employers to revisit the length of their working days.