The second richest person in the world, Mexican businessperson Carlos Slim, says people work way too much and the workweek should be shortened to just three days. Slim made the statement at a business conference in Paraguay, in which he said it was time for a “radical overhaul” of the way we work.
Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recently participated in a rare joint interview, where they talked about self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and how the world no longer needs a 40-hour workweek. This is a topic that we have discussed at length here are Ridiculously Efficient, so it was certainly interesting to see industry leaders opening up a conversation about what the workweek should look like.
Many of us hear the words “40 hour work week” and laugh, reminiscing about the days when that was a reality. Whether you hold the opinion that working longer days is beneficial or not, it is important to note that certain start-ups are beginning to advertise the perk of guaranteed 40-hour workweeks. These start ups aren’t the only advocates for shorter workweeks.
Most of us working-age stiffs are putting in far more than our 40 hours a week at work, but Professor James W. Vaupel of the University of Southern Denmark argues that adults should have a permanent 25-hour workweek, but work well into their 80s. [Read more…]