Study results on working less in Switzerland With funding from the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, a CDE research team explored the circumstances under which working less can enable a more sustainable lifestyle (Bader, Hanbury, Neubert, Moser 2020). Over a period of 10 months, researchers monitored 800 participants divided into two groups: one group’s weekly work hours were reduced, the other group’s work hours remained the same. The results of the survey showed that: 1) People who reduced their working time exhibited greater well-being in the short run, and lower burnout risk in the longer run. 2) Those with longer working hours displayed higher levels of environmentally harmful behaviour, especially more commuting, general car and air travel, and clothing consumption. 3) After reducing their working hours, participants displayed higher levels of environmentally conscious behaviour and less commuting. Other high-impact behaviours (housing, general mobility) were more resistant to change.