The Time For a Four-Day Work Week Has Arrived

Source: In These Times
by Anna Coote

“In late July, as he introduced a groundbreaking proposal for a 32-hour work week to Congress, Rep. Mark Takano (D‑Calif.) declared Americans should have ​’more time to live their lives, and not just work.’ With workers returning to the job as certain Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, Takano noted many people will want to work fewer hours instead of going back to ​’normal.’ For more than a decade, my colleagues and I at the New Economics Foundation have been arguing that it’s high time to move to a shorter working week. As we show in our new book, The Case for a Four Day Week, growing evidence suggests reduced work time is good for human well-being, good for the economy and good for the environment.” [editor’s note: Four-day work weeks may well be a good idea. Government is a terrible choice of mechanism for delivering them – TLK] (11/19/21)