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Areddishfish
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Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
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As the article mentions, the 40 hour work week was a response to having no regulation and workers consistently putting in 16 hour days. That was back in the early 1900s. I feel like the increase in technology and the way everything is mostly computerized that a lot of jobs can be done from home with certain exceptions (healthcare, field construction, etc.)

I feel like you are often paid mostly to just be physically present than actual work needing to be done. I've had a variety of jobs and with the exception of certain really busy days, there is often a severe shortage of things to do for a full 8 hours every day. Anyone else feel the same?


Hoyt
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
I work 35 on average. Salary.


PrivatePublic
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
I go to work to get away from home. I know I'm not alone.


Displaced
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
You willing to cut your pay by 25% to only work 30 hours?


Tigeralum2008
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
As an SysAdm/Helpdesk guy, I could easily do my job from home with the exception of the few helpdesk tickets I get a year that cannot be resolved remotely.


CBarkleytruth
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
Many will come in bragging about how their life is perfect and they don’t work nearly 40 hours but you’re absolutely right. Companies should offer an option for a 10% salary cut if you would like to work from home. With all of the production metrics available these days it would not be an issue. The company would save money and you would have a much happier employee.


Wtodd
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Member since Oct 2013
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
Agree....I can most of my shite done in 16 hours


Martini
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
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Many will come in bragging about how their life is perfect and they don’t work nearly 40 hours but you’re absolutely right. Companie


Well I haven’t worked 40 hours in 20 years.


CBarkleytruth
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Member since Dec 2014
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
Thanks for proving my point. I haven’t worked at all in almost two years. Look at me look at me


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Agforlife
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I would just like to cut back to 40 hours a week.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
I work 35 hour weeks.


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Areddishfish
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
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You willing to cut your pay by 25% to only work 30 hours?


That would be up to negotiations, but if you do the same work and everything gets done on time with no issues I don't see why you'd have to take a huge cut just because you didn't show up to an office every day.


fallguy_1978
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With all of the production metrics available these days it would not be an issue. The company would save money and you would have a much happier employee.

I would lose my mind if I had to work from home full time. I'd have to go sit in a coffee shop or a library


Areddishfish
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
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That would be up to negotiations, but if you do the same work and everything gets done on time with no issues I don't see why you'd have to take a huge cut just because you didn't show up to an office every day.


That would kind of go along with my theory that you are paid just to be physically present than for the work you actually do if you would be required to take a huge cut to work from home.


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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
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Companies should offer an option for a 10% salary cut if you would like to work from home.


Im not that disciplined


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Bunsbert Montcroff
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
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Companies should offer an option for a 10% salary cut if you would like to work from home. With all of the production metrics available these days it would not be an issue. The company would save money and you would have a much happier employee.

Why should the employee have to take a 10 percent pay cut to be more productive and happier by working from home? I say this as someone who has held on-site and work from home jobs, and I can affirm that I'm way more productive working from home. I'm "on" the whole time I'm working, versus an on-site job where I'd pull the Office Space staring at my computer trick and space out for hours.


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eScott
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GeauxColonels
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I would lose my mind if I had to work from home full time. I'd have to go sit in a coffee shop or a library


Same here. I work from home occasionally and get cabin fever. There's no way I could function working from home full-time.


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moneyg
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re: Time to rethink the 40 hour work week
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As the article mentions, the 40 hour work week was a response to having no regulation and workers consistently putting in 16 hour days. That was back in the early 1900s. I feel like the increase in technology and the way everything is mostly computerized that a lot of jobs can be done from home with certain exceptions (healthcare, field construction, etc.)

I feel like you are often paid mostly to just be physically present than actual work needing to be done. I've had a variety of jobs and with the exception of certain really busy days, there is often a severe shortage of things to do for a full 8 hours every day. Anyone else feel the same?



I don't have enough hours in the week.

If you value working from home, go find a job that allows you to work from home. If you value maximizing your productivity and/or positioning yourself to make the most money as you can either short term or long term, you might choose to work more hours.

The last thing we need is the government deciding that a 40 hour work work is too long. Workers and Employers should determine that.


Sidicous
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You willing to cut your pay by 25% to only work 30 hours?


You willing to fork over 25% more to hire, train, recruit his replacement who will demand a hire wage in the current job market?


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