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Four-Day Work Week

January 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The single most important factor in reviving our economy is job creation.

Here is an idea: what if every American works four days a week, instead of five days?

The results:

  • each of us works a little bit less, and get a 20% pay reduction.
  • better quality of life: one extra day a week, which translate to 52 extra days a years for time with family, leisure, and other enjoyable activities
  • creating additional jobs to cut unemployment rate

Would this proposal help solve our unemployment problem? I think this is better than a $500-$1000 tax rebate check …

Tags: Beat Recession

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ted Howard // Jan 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

    It would inevitably be called compared to the French and maligned by ‘red blooded patriots.’ I, however, love the idea.

  • 2 A french guy // Jan 30, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Reminds me of the 35h law in France. Unfortunately it has translated in many executives working the same amount of hours (extra hours unpaid or holidays), salary stagnation while inflation going on and no increase in job creation.

    Work brings work and instead of sharing a small pie by working less hour, we would be better off sharing a larger pie by creating more value.

  • 3 Rick // Feb 7, 2009 at 11:32 am

    4 days – 10 hours a day


    Week 1 – 3 days – 12 hours
    Week 2 – 4 days – 10 hours
    then repeat

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