Permanent three day weekends. Imagine it. Every week you get to look forward to a holiday weekend.
It’s not like you can do anything with the “spare” time outside of work you have Monday to Friday at the moment anyway – and in today’s economy, how many people actually work a straight up 40 hour week, rather than 50, 60 or more hours?
Working 8-6 Monday to Thursday would mean everyone would have more time to travel. More time to exercise. More time with family. You’d be more motivated to work during the week because you’d be more relaxed. Splitting up your week so that you only spend one day more at work than at leisure would instantly create the better work life balance that literally everyone in the modern world says they want, but so vanishingly few of us actually say we have.
Obviously this would be difficult to achieve. People working in service industries would have to renegotiate how overtime works. It would require a fundamental retooling of the global financial system. But surely it’s worth undertaking some significant cost benefit analysis and publicly debating?