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Is a four-day workweek desirable?   [Copy link] 中文

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it is need  to think about it

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On social network micro blog, the majority of people are not supportive of four-day workweeks. They are concerned about their future, where unemployment is likely to rise. Many are willing to lengthen their working hours for fear that they might lose their jobs to artificial intelligence and automation.

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BlondeAmber Post time: 2018-7-17 03:10
the French work a 35 hour week - 7 hours a day for your office worker.

- To reduce unemployment  ...
Having worked in France for a short contract, this encourages efficient time management and planning during work hours.


This is certainly one advantage of shorter working hours per week. People become more productive.

To reduce unemployment and yield a better division of labor, in a context where some people work long hours while some others are unemployed. A 10.2% decrease in the hours extracted from each worker would, theoretically, require firms to hire correspondingly more workers, a remedy for unemployment.


But this is like sharing the same size of pie with more people where the solution is people get lesser pay so that more people can get a job. Another question that comes to mind is whether those people who were "helped" into getting a job are really suitable for the job. I still think the better solution is to create more jobs.

People in France enjoy life because they don't live to work, and are not at the beck and call of employers.


Practically unheard of in most parts of the world, especially Asia.

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Post time 2018-7-18 02:23:31 |Display all floors
Desireable it may be, but not practical in current world order.

What I would consider (as thought exercise if nothing more), is to limit work days to four PER JOB.

Employees could (and should) use one day to do some other work, maybe in a completely different field. It could be a regular paid job (one day per week), or more communal or even volunteer work, or even studying.

It would broaden people's horizons, and in some countries it could better prepare people to changing work environments. It is not unheard of (even in China) that old careers simply stop existing, and this kind of arrangement could help people to explore alternatives early on.

Of course it wouldn't work for all fields. Sanitary workers could not become teachers, and teachers could not become doctors. But sanitary workers cleaning roads could work a day a week cleaning at school(s) or assisting in physical education, and a teacher could do some admimistrative or secretarial work at hospital.

This kind of system would create better human beings, I believe.

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