"From 2015 to 2019, #Iceland ran the world's largest trial of a shorter working week. An analysis of the results was finally published this week, and surprise! Everyone was happier, healthier, and more productive. Please pretend to be surprised."
And now the kicker:
"The trials' success has helped Iceland's trade unions negotiate for permanently reduced working hours since 2019, affecting tens of thousands of their members. The report states that around 86 percent of the country's entire workforce now either has shorter working hours, or the right to shorten their hours."
This, ladies and getlefolk, is why we need unions.
So, let me re-phrase:
Government-run study, involving shortening the work week for government employees proves that productivity can be *gained* by shortening the work week.
Does business jump on that insight and clear opportunity to gain productivity *for free*, thus edging a competitive advantage on the market?
No. This happens only after unions get involved.
"Capitalism efficiently allocates resources" my arse.
@benni personally I totally agree with you.
But my point was: free-market capitalists make the argument about efficiency and productivity *all the time*. So it's fun to see their reactions to something that proves a shorter work week is a good idea, and which proves it *in their own framework*.
They really have to twist themselves into knots here to "explain" why it's *still* a bad idea.
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