Sixty new measures to rationalise the use of time

The Agreement on Time Use is a municipal initiative involving various organisations from different fields, committed to improving people’s everyday time through a better balance between work and personal time. Twelve measures were already in place, with a further 57 now being added, some promoted by the City Council and others by companies from different sectors, coordinated by Barcelona Activa.

18/06/2018 18:51 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The measures renew the municipal commitment to a healthier, more efficient and more balanced model for life in terms of the way people make use of their hours each day. Promoted and coordinated by Barcelona Activa, the initiative sees the city take the lead in Spain and Europe in establishing an agreement of this type.

The new agreement includes a public awareness campaign on the importance of sleeping and having meals at times of day which are healthiest; the bringing forward of programmes on the municipal TV channel Betevé to adapt them to new times; the rational use of information technology to be able to do without it in the evening, and the pilot scheme at the Aurora nursery, adapting two shifts to accommodate the needs of families.

Poor time management makes for poor health

Various studies highlight how poor time management can affect people’s health, particularly among toddlers, school children and women in low-qualified work. The consolidation of the agreement will help towards equal opportunities between men and women and joint responsibility between sexes, as well as more efficient and better organised companies, with less absenteeism and greater internal cohesion.

The twelve measures already in place range from the open school playgrounds initiative, offering alternatives for recreational hours, to the programme ‘Temps per a tu’, which fosters free time among people with functional diversity and harmonises carers’ time. Another example is the Barcelona award for innovative companies in balancing work and personal time, which recognises the companies which are the most sensitive towards the time needs of their workers.

The NUST Network (new social time uses) is another cornerstone in the agreement. The network has grown from 30 member companies in 2006 to nearly 120 at present, each of them applying good time management practice as part of their policies on corporate social responsibility.


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