“In the Netherlands, under the Hours Adjustment Act of 2000, workers are allowed to downsize their hours, while keeping the same hourly pay, full healthcare and pro-rated benefits.
Unless employers can prove a serious financial hardship for their firms, they must grant the request for shorter hours. More than 95 percent of requests are approved. Consequently, the Dutch now have the highest percentage of part-time workers and shortest working hours in the world. They also have among the highest levels of labor force participation, low unemployment and among the highest levels of confidence among workers that they can find another job if they lose theirs.
Makes me think of the book The Reinvention of Work by Matthew Fox! Life is too short to be a slave or in a rat race… Lara