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Forum Post: How about a 7-hour workday?

Posted 3 years ago on May 24, 2014, 5:19 p.m. EST by TGN (48)
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With a general increase in wages of course, to make up for the difference. Instead of making $20/hour under the 8-hour workday a worker should be paid approx. $22.86/hour under the 7-hour workday.

A 7-hour workday makes more sense as we would be more productive. Not to mention the overall improvements in health and time management. Does the After Party include this as one of their issues?

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[-] 2 points by wickerman (62) 3 years ago

Just a personal preference, I like 4 day work weeks better.

[-] 2 points by grapes (4989) 3 years ago

4-day week is also better for improving environment and mental health through less commuting to work. It improves sustainability. If the working hours were reduced slightly, it can spur productivity.

Compare how productive you are at the end of your workday with midday. Cutting out the least productive hours late in the workdays can be good for physical and mental health. Happiness does not correlate linearly with hours worked. Economics' law of diminishing returns describes the dependence well.

[-] 2 points by flip (7101) 3 years ago

or 3 - we are all working too much - not for the basics of life but to funnel money to the top. very interesting book - pretty old called "why work" - the premise is that in 1820 it took 90% of the population to grow enough food to feed us all - now it takes 2% - what the hell are we all doing

[-] 2 points by TGN (48) 3 years ago

Occupy co-founder David Graeber has his own take on this:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/ask-says-notorious-occupy-academic-job-exist/

[-] 1 points by flip (7101) 3 years ago

Graeber is really good. Have you read his book. 15 hr work week. I'm down with that

[-] 1 points by wickerman (62) 3 years ago

True, it would also create more jobs as some busnises need to be open 7 day/week (retail, convenience stores etc).

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 3 years ago

the Only reason.... in today's modern world... that we cannot do anything we want to...

is because we need income to pay the bills of our landlords ....

who need the income to pay the bills of their landlords...

who needs the income to pay the bills of their landlords ...

etc...

who needs the income to pay the bills of their landlords ...

who don't need any income ... and don't care....

.....

hehehe ... We are standing at the edge of Utopia ... but are afraid to take the step

[-] 0 points by turbocharger (1756) 3 years ago

No thank you. Every boss I have ever had the main arguement is that I dont get to work enough. Young and single, with goals and problems, I would prefer to be making money (ie increasing my trading ability) to do something better.

[-] 0 points by Shule (2638) 3 years ago

It's easy to do. Just sneak in a half hour late, and sneak out a half hour early each day. I know a lot a folks have to punch a clock and would not be able to get away with it, but there are a lot of people who don't punch clocks and can. I've been doing it for years. As long as I get my work done, my boss doesn't notice.