What is happening?
Mexico’s Senate Labor Commission will hold a forum on April 20th to discuss the feasibility of reducing the workweek in the country. Various proposals are being considered, such as working from Monday to Thursday or reducing the daily work schedule from 8 to 6 hours.
Why does it matter?
Mexico has the highest number of annual work hours among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries, with an average of 2,137 hours per year. The discussion about reducing work hours is relevant for improving the quality of life for workers by better balancing their work and personal lives.
How could it impact the future of work?
If the reduction of work hours is approved, it could have a significant impact on the future of work in Mexico. The results from other countries that have experimented with shorter workweeks, such as Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, have shown an increase in productivity and an improvement in the work environment. This change could, in turn, influence the labor practices of other countries and lead to a broader discussion about the work-life balance globally.