Local governments in Sweden are testing out a six-hour work day in hopes of cutting down on sick leave and boosting efficiency, but could a similar plan ever work in Asia?
According to local media reports, the municipal council in Sweden's Gothenburg will test out the concept by cutting one department's work day to six hours (with full pay) and keeping another's at the normal seven-hour day. It's expected that the group working six-hour days will take less sick leave, while improvements in their mental and physical states will increase productivity, the organizers said.
Experts told CNBC that it's difficult to envisage companies in Asia - where long hours and small holiday allocations are the norm - adopting a similar method.
"I don't think it would catch on in Asia," said Chris Preston, regional director of recruitment firm Page Group in Taiwan.
"The overwhelming feeling I have is that initially there would be a lot of resistance from middle and senior management here within organizations generally, both domestic and multi-national," he said.
According to economic research website FRED, the average employee in France works around 1,480 a year, while Singaporeans work 2,300 hours, for example.