The recent proposal to reduce the working week to 40 hours in Mexico has sparked intense debate in the economic and labor market sectors. Above all, it will be discussed how this measure could affect work processes in the country and what consequences it could have for both employees and companies. Below, we provide you with the most important information on this topic.
How would reducing 40-hour work in Mexico?
According to the possible labor reform proposed by the government, it is proposed that workers in Mexico could have a working day of 6 hours per day or even change the distribution of working days by moving from 5 working days to 4 days. In both cases, the aim is to adjust the weekly working hours to a total of 40 hours.
- Daytime: suggested schedule from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a total day length of eight hours. Greater flexibility would be possible with daily shifts of six or eight hours and two days of rest.
- Night shift: Schedule from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. with a maximum working time of seven hours per day. The aim is to protect the health and well-being of workers who work at night.
- Mixed day: It provides a day of approximately seven and a half hours and offers a balance between day and night shifts.
When does the 40-hour working day come into effect?
Although no exact date has yet been set for the introduction of the 40-hour week in Mexico, it is speculated that it could begin for the country’s workers in September or December this year. The aim of this measure is to improve the working conditions of the population. However, to maintain their health, it is important that people find time for rest and leisure.
What impact will the reduction in working hours have on Mexico?
According to lawyer Eric Roel Pavón, the reduction in working hours in Mexico could have a negative impact on micro and small businesses, as it could lead to a decrease in productivity and higher costs for employers.
“The real problem lies in the various changes in the law, which entail significant costs for employers, which could lead to lower productivity and higher costs, particularly for micro and small businesses. In the long term, this could lead to some of these companies opting for informality,” the expert said.
Eric Roel also pointed out that the bill still needs to go through the Senate and then be approved for implementation in the country. He also mentioned that there are other reforms ahead that could benefit certain workers, such as bonuses, labor regulation, and profit interpretation, but which could also have a significant impact on labor costs.
Advantages of a 40-hour week:
- Burnout Reduction: More appropriate work schedules can help prevent burnout and excessive fatigue, which in turn can improve employees’ mental and physical health.
- Increased productivity: Working fewer hours can lead to greater focus and productivity during work hours as employees are more rested and motivated.
- Higher engagement: Employees who have time to relax and recharge tend to be more engaged and satisfied in their jobs, which can increase morale and employee retention.
- Stimulate Creativity: Leisure time outside of work can stimulate creativity and innovation by giving employees the opportunity to explore personal interests and creative activities.
- Improved health: A shorter workday can contribute to improved overall health as employees have more time to exercise, get enough rest, and take care of their physical well-being.
- Stress reduction: Working fewer hours can reduce the stress associated with long hours and tight deadlines, which in turn can have a positive impact on workers’ mental health.
- Promote efficiency: By limiting working hours, employees can be motivated to perform more efficiently and effectively because they have a defined period of time to complete their tasks.