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    Poland Considers Introducing a Shorter Workweek

    Poland is contemplating the introduction of a shorter workweek, which could reshape the work-life balance for millions. Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, the Minister of Family, Labor, and Social Policy, confirmed on Polsat News that the government is actively analyzing various aspects of work time, including the length of vacations and workday.

    Responding to inquiries about the potential for a reduced workweek, Dziemianowicz-Bąk revealed that the ministry is closely observing pilot programs initiated by private enterprises aimed at shortening the workweek. This interest aligns with previous comments from Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who advocated for a trial reduction of the workweek to four days.

    The minister pointed out that Polish workers are among the longest-working in Europe, a factor that does not necessarily translate into increased productivity. She underscored the importance of considering this dynamic as the government explores options for reform.

    Nothing is for sure

    Despite the enthusiasm for the pilot programs and the acknowledgment of their potential benefits, Dziemianowicz-Bąk noted that the government has yet to formalize its stance on shortening the workweek. She has stated that the focus remains on comprehensive analysis and research to guide their approach.

    Dziemianowicz-Bąk expressed a personal preference for Tusk’s proposal of a four-day workweek over a reduction to 35 hours of work per week. She has suggested that reducing the number of workdays might be organizationally simpler than cutting back on hours.

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