Trade union officials in the United Kingdom believe that attaining a four-day working week is a realistic and attainable 21st-century goal.
For a great many of us, going to work each day is a chore and a necessity. Yes, there are a lucky few who love what they do and actually enjoy their vocation, but sadly, most people are somewhere they don't want to be for 40 or more hours each and every week so that they can make ends meet and support their families.
While there are, of course, quite a few people who have to work nights and weekends, many of us get to call it quits for two days once Friday afternoon rolls around. In fact, every now and again we get three days off thanks to holidays falling on a Monday. How great would it be if that was something that occurred every week?
Well, we don't want to get your hopes up, but a Trade Union chief in the UK believes that a four-day working week could be a reality much sooner than you might think. Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, believes that the evolution of communications and technology should really be cutting the amount of time we have to spend at work, as reported by The Guardian.
O'Grady pointed out that during the 19th century, the goal was to make an eight-hour working day the norm. Then in the 20th century, it was the fight for a two-day weekend and paid holidays. Basically, for the past two centuries, there have been battles to change the ways in which most of us work, and both battles have been won. O'Grady believes that the four-day working week will be the 21st century equivalent of that.
Sadly, as always with these issues, even if a four-day working week were instated tomorrow, it wouldn't apply to everyone. Those of you who work in retail or in a hospital or any other number of careers that never stop know all too well that your working week has no beginning or end. For those of you who work Monday to Friday in an office or elsewhere, however, the above will likely come as extremely good news.