Amid an ever-evolving work environment and the quest for a better work–life balance, the debate has intensified in Mexico regarding the possibility of reducing the standard workweek from 48 hours to 40 hours.This proposal has sparked a wide spectrum of opinions and analyses addressing both the benefits and challenges that such a change could bring.


Arguments in Favor of Reducing the Workweek

Enhanced Work–Life Balance: A shorter workweek would allow employees more time to spend with their families, pursue hobbies, engage in education, and enjoy recreational activities, potentially improving their overall quality of life and well-being.

Productivity and Creativity: Numerous studies have illustrated that shorter workweeks can increase employee productivity and creativity. A shorter workday might lead to better concentration during working hours and the more efficient use of time.

Mental and Physical Health: Reducing working hours could help lower stress and burnout levels, potentially enhancing employees’ mental and physical health. Furthermore, this could reduce stress-related illnesses.


Potential Challenges

Productivity Adjustments: Critics argue that fewer working hours could lead to the reduced productivity and competitiveness of companies. The concern is how to maintain the same level of productivity over a shorter period.

Costs for Companies: While a shorter workweek could boost employee satisfaction, it could also raise costs for companies that might need to hire additional staff to maintain the same production or service levels.

Informal Labor Sector: In Mexico, a significant number of workers have informal jobs where labor regulations might be less applicable. Reducing the workweek could impact this sector differently and, thus, require specific approaches.


Future Considerations

Any change to the working week would require a balanced and careful approach by legislators, companies, and workers. Factors should be considered, such as flexible scheduling, safeguarding labor rights, and training to improve work efficiency.

In conclusion, the potential reduction of the workweek in Mexico to 40 hours calls for passionate discussions and thorough analyses.

Will this change be implemented in our country? We do not know yet; however, companies must develop different scenarios in case this proposal is approved.


Labor & Social Security Practice

Ana María Becerra / [email protected]
Isaac Corral / [email protected]
Javier Canseco / [email protected]
Perla Arreola / [email protected]
Roberto Álvarez Malo / [email protected]
Rogelio Sánchez / [email protected]
Antonio Flores / [email protected]
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Eduardo Cortés / [email protected]
Gustavo Carrillo / [email protected]
Iván Arriaga / [email protected]
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