Happy Labor Day

construction workers laboring

Dear Reader!

Today, those of you that have labored over the last year to provide a roof over your family’s (your) head, clothes on their (your) back, and a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator, please take this day to slow down to a snail’s pace, relax, and enjoy your leisure.

You’ve earned it!

Call to action: What do you think of the idea of a four-hour work day? How would you use those extra hours to enjoy your loved ones and your life?

7 thoughts on “Happy Labor Day

  1. A four day work week would be great. Workers are way more productive today than they were at the turn of the 20th century. As the following article in the “The Atlantic” points out, a shorter work week would reward the productivity gains of the 21st century worker and increase overall employment. A 4-day workweek is likely the remedy to economic deflation that so many government policy-makers seek.

    “Some 19th-century Britons used the week’s seventh day for merriment rather than for the rest prescribed by scripture. They would drink, gamble, and enjoy themselves so much that the phenomenon of “Saint Monday,” in which workers would skip work to recover from Sunday’s gallivanting, emerged. English factory owners later compromised with workers by giving them a half-day on Saturday in exchange for guaranteed attendance at work on Monday.

    It took decades for Saturday to change from a half-day to a full day’s rest. In 1908, a New England mill became the first American factory to institute the five-day week. It did so to accommodate Jewish workers, whose observance of a Saturday sabbath forced them to make up their work on Sundays, offending some in the Christian majority. The mill granted these Jewish workers a two-day weekend, and other factories followed this example. The Great Depression cemented the two-day weekend into the economy, as shorter hours were considered a remedy to underemployment.”

    — “The Atlantic”, http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/08/where-the-five-day-workweek-came-from/378870/

    1. Wow! We can always depend on you to bring an interesting angle to the conversation. Thank you, Alexi, for the background information and link to the birth of the 5-day work week. Now, if our political leaders could get their heads out of their arses and catch a clue.

  2. Well, I am retired. A four hour work day would not benefit me now, but it would be a great idea for those that are still laboring to meet life financial demands. However, the hourly wages would have to increase to compensate for a four hour work day. I do not see this happening in my lifetime.

    1. It is a lovely idea, isn’t it?! Of course, we are not yet advanced enough to embrace such an idea — we would have to stop doing lip service to the importance of a high quality life and live it. And when I speak of a four hour work day, it would be at a living wage or your regular wage. All that would change is that you would work efficiently in four instead of eight, 10, 14 hours.

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