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I hereby present a petition calling for the abolition of the five-day work week in favor of a four-day work week:

Gains in productivity should be traded for leisure, or, if employers insist on having workers at the office for 40+ hours, that can be accomplished by having longer work days for four days.

Such a policy change would be good for...

1. Families as parents could spend more time with their children, obviously
2. Infrastructure: less strain on roads with fewer commuters driving
3. The environment: lop off 20% of commute emissions right there

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  •  4 Day 32 Hour Week Defining Full Time Would (2+ / 0-)
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    Chi, Killer of Sacred Cows

    really help lower unemployment. I've worked 9 and 10 hour days; even in my 20's that got to be old fast.

    Bring in the 3 day weekend.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 03:31:22 PM PST

  •  I seceded from the 5 day workweek long ago (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    Being self-employed, I work every day.

  •  If that's what you want, then (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    find an employer who is willing to let you work on those terms.  Some do. Or find a job where that's a workable thing.  For some jobs, that works.  Some jobs even let you work most of the time from home -- I have a couple of relatives that do that.  Again, only in certain types of jobs is that workable.  

    For some jobs, that's not practical.  Or even desirable.  For example, I'm a lawyer.  The Courts are open five days a week.  People want them that way -- If courts cut back to four days, their dockets would back up. (On trial days, Courts often already have 10 hour days, working into the evening to get a case over rather than making a jury come back another day.)  I can't have a legal secretary, or a paralegal, that is not going to be there 20% of the time the Courts are open.  

    That ought to be a matter of negotiation between employer and employee in specific jobs. You should know when you apply for a job what the working hours are, and you can decide then if that's acceptable.  Or gain a skill where you can operate as an independent contractor and make your own schedule. I know people who do that  as well.  

  •  Fine, (0+ / 0-)

    as long as the employer gets to say "no."

  •  I'm all for a shorter week (1+ / 0-)
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    Killer of Sacred Cows

    Especially if EVERYONE gets overtime, to encourage actually hiring more people (and not encouraging "salaried" people to do 70 hour weeks of which only 40 are paid)

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