For about a year, nurses at the Svartedalens retirement homehave worked six-hour days on an eight-hour salary.They're part of an experiment funded by the Swedish governmentto see if a shorter workday can increase productivity. Theconclusion? It does.

As with any cultural shift in the workplace, the six-hourday has to prove itself more than just humane. For anyemployer, in Sweden or elsewhere (and perhaps especially in theU.S.), an abridged workweek can't damage productivity if it'sgoing to have a chance.

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