View Poll Results: Should the work week be reduced?

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  • The work week should be increased to more than 40 hours, or eliminated

    19 37.25%
  • The work week should remain at 40 hours

    20 39.22%
  • The work week should be reduced to 36-39 hours

    3 5.88%
  • The work week should be reduced to 32-35 hours

    6 11.76%
  • The work week should be reduced to less than 32 hours

    3 5.88%
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Thread: Shortening the work week?

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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    If you can't put in 40 hours a week, you are a useless bag of feces. Your future is flipping burgers, embrace it.

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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    BTW, I did not vote in this silly poll, because who exactly is it that will make this a law? Not one successful person I know works 40 hours a week. Try 50 minimum, and most closer to 60 plus.

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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    This poll is mostly directed toward Americans. I was wondering what you thought about the idea of shortening the 40-hour work week. I think it would be a very positive step for our society. We already work far more hours, on average, than any other developed country in the world. I think that most people (with some exceptions) are happier when they're out doing things they enjoy than when they're working.
    I'm not in favor of shortening the work week, but providing more vacation time. Americans and Canadians are given the least amount of vacation time out of all western nations and it's a product of our corporate culture. I think the average is like 2 weeks per YEAR, which is crazy. They want to work us to the highest efficiency possible but give us no rest and relaxation.

    I would also like to see more flexibility in what time work starts and ends. Some people are morning people while others would be much more efficient workers if they started at 10 or 11am. Some people are more productive in evenings. Etc. The monophasic sleep plan of industrialism actually hinders productivity in my view.

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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    I'm not in favor of shortening the work week, but providing more vacation time. Americans and Canadians are given the least amount of vacation time out of all western nations and it's a product of our corporate culture. I think the average is like 2 weeks per YEAR, which is crazy. They want to work us to the highest efficiency possible but give us no rest and relaxation.
    Relax on the weekends and in the evenings. Or, take off more time, just don't expect your employer to pay you for doing nothing.

    Try running a business and see how many days you take off.

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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Well, in Taiwan, we have an eight-hour workday five days a week plus four-hours every other Saturday. Typically, we have a long lunch break where it is customary to take a short nap after eating lunch. This is also done in schools through high school as well.
    Is this private company policy, a central government mandate, or the traditional work cycle of Taiwan?

    I ask because, technically, there really isn't much in the way of hour restrictions in the U.S. They vary from state to state, so it's usually determined more by company policy or union negotiation than government statute.

    The only restrictions on a federal level that I know about is in regards to child labor, and most children can only work in rural or agricultural jobs.

    8-hour work days became popular in the early 20th century when the U.S. became industrialized. During the early industrialization, workers worked a 10-hour day, but this was far too long for families. So they went on strike to work an 8-hour work day. 8-hour shifts are also good because they divide the day up evenly into 3 shifts, so some businesses can run 24-hours-a-day using 3 shifts with each shift being 8 hours.
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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    We don't need to work less. I mean, who the hell do you think we are? Greece? I'm not opposed to a 4 10 hour work days to have 3 "weekends". But then I always think "if I can work 4 10 hour days, why not 5 10 hour days?" Get more done that way. Well, in my line of work there's no set hours other than the expectation that you're always working.
    Well, let's be fair now - some jobs are more demanding than others. I think more demanding, especially physically demanding labor, should have shorter hours or 4 10-hour work days to allow those workers the time to rest and rejuvenate.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Hell, I'd love to be able to ONLY work 5 days a week for 40 hours!! I've been working 6-7 days a week at 60+.
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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Hell, I'd love to be able to ONLY work 5 days a week for 40 hours!! I've been working 6-7 days a week at 60+.
    Sounds like you have a job with expectations like mine. Salary....it's a rip off.
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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    Yes it is. Economic conditions have changed how some do business.
    It wouldn't necessarily be the most profitable for the employer, however if employees/ employer agreed, it would be the nicest thing to do. Not sure, but if they were under union rules, not sure if it would be permited. Anyone know? Seems they would have to lay of people with least senority and not be able to cut other's hours.
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    Re: Shortening the work week?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Is this private company policy, a central government mandate, or the traditional work cycle of Taiwan?

    I ask because, technically, there really isn't much in the way of hour restrictions in the U.S. They vary from state to state, so it's usually determined more by company policy or union negotiation than government statute.

    The only restrictions on a federal level that I know about is in regards to child labor, and most children can only work in rural or agricultural jobs.

    8-hour work days became popular in the early 20th century when the U.S. became industrialized. During the early industrialization, workers worked a 10-hour day, but this was far too long for families. So they went on strike to work an 8-hour work day. 8-hour shifts are also good because they divide the day up evenly into 3 shifts, so some businesses can run 24-hours-a-day using 3 shifts with each shift being 8 hours.
    The 84-hour biweekly schedule is government rule (though there is a proposal to reduce to 40-hour workweeks and get rid of the alternating 1/2 day workdays on Saturday), but the post-lunch nap is engrained local custom... Frankly, I think it makes Taiwanese more efficient in the afternoon as the body's natural cycle calls for rest in the early afternoon...
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