Is it just me, or is there a groundswell of support these days for shortening the work day? Perhaps I suffer from confirmation bias (seeing what you want to see; gathering and using information only insofar as it supports your beliefs).
At any rate, the Swedes appear to be doing something about the problem of work, with the city of Gothenburg conducting an experiment in work-day reduction, from 8 to 6 hours.
Reducing workers’ hours without impacting productivity is theoretically feasible: people working for shorter periods would need fewer breaks, and would be less inclined to screw the pooch. In reality, some employees might simply reduce the amount of work they do, and continue checking social media at the office. This has more to do with the nature of their job, I suspect.
Of course, all of this workday reduction business is fine, provided workers are paid the same as they were when they worked “full” shifts…