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The Origin of the 8 Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It

Business  (tags: ethics, money, politics, business, labor, society, law )

- 2017 days ago -
One of the most unchanged elements of our life today is our optimal work time or how long we should work -- generally, every person I've spoken to quotes me something close to 8 hours a day.


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Past Member (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 1:30 am
During the Heath Tory Government some years ago during a strike by miners and power workers there was large scale power cuts which resulted in a three day working week.There was dire warnings of how this would affect the economy and would result in a huge drop in manufacturing.However the opposite happened production actually increased much to the delight of the employers.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 2:40 am
But in those days, Alfred, the Briots were not known exactly for their productivity or work ethics.

Linda M (1715)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 4:42 am
Almanac: Americans are the most overworked--with the fewest number of days off per year, followed by Canadians. THIS SUCKS LEMONS!!!

Ruth Ann W (198)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 4:54 am
Interesting. TY

cecily w (0)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 5:46 am
The best structure for work days depends on what tasks are involved in doing the job.

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 8:42 am
Different types of jobs demand different amounts of focus, different physical exertion, different amounts of commitment, and different emotional stability. Schedules for different jobs should reflect that if possible. Entirely aside from things like changes in demand for service, in service-sector jobs, or other such external factors, there is no reason why everybody should have the same schedule. I recently wrote some software to help people set up schedules more efficiently, and it'snot that hard to work around things like meetings which demand people from different areas.

That said, at some level there does have to be some standardization. People often have children, those children go to school, and school-schedules put constraints on workers' time. We probably don't want to segregate schools according to parents' employment and schedules, so overall workdays (beginning to end of workday, not counting breaks or anything else in the middle) would have to continue to look similar. People also need the services of the same businesses (grocery stores, banks, etc.) and would need time to attend to their own matters, which would place some further constraints regarding days off or long breaks.

Philip Heinlein (474)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 1:17 pm
Interesting... I'll try and do this part:

•Split your day into 90 min windows


Past Member (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 2:23 am
Remember the importance of family and what life is

Mike H (252)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 2:22 pm
Most people with a job don't have a choice on how many hours they work
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