There will be some construction work at our office next week requiring the use of the majority of our parking lot. Staff have been asked to park their cars at a lot a half-kilometer away, and a small shuttle bus has been hired to drive us to and from the office. This shuttle will be available from 8-9:30 am and 3:30-5:00pm.
It is expected that one will leave the office by 5pm. (Or maybe that's when the shuttle bus company requires its driver to clock out!)
Can you imagine if the Google shuttle bus only ran during these hours? If most Americans were expected to do their work between the hours of 8:15 and 4:45, plus take a scheduled mid-morning coffee break and (more-or-less) required 30 minute lunch break, nothing would be accomplished!
Then again, maybe we'd be a little better at actually working at the office and keeping personal time free from work. Maybe these crazy Dutch are on to something...