No, it's resulted in better living standards from the same amount of hours. If you want to work 10 hours per week and live like the 19th century middle class, be my guest.
@Sirocka, well said!
@Sirocka, where do you live that someone can live off of 10 hours of work a week?
@HolyCatchphrase, I'm just saying that we've got higher quality of life for relatively the same amount of work. If you want to work fewer hours, your quality of life will likely go down. This guy's way off.
Actually we work more hours now than we did 40 years ago. We should be asking Germany how they're so productive despite not making their citizens work 6 days a week.
@CheshireKatSmile, 6 days per week? Where do you live?
@Sirocka, America, and its called exaggerating. But if you want me to be serious, my brother had a job that made over 100 grand a year, but it was an extremely dangerous job where things could explode at any second and he only got every third week off. He would work two straight weeks where he only got, at most, 60 hours of sleep. He was graying from stress in his early 30's. Please, tell me how that's functional?
@CheshireKatSmile, was he forced to work that job? Sounds like he was paid really well for a job that was stressful and dangerous. In any other economic system (socialism, communism, etc), he would have done that same job for lower pay (because everyone is equal), less time off, and probably lower safety standards.
@Sirocka, what part of either of my comments are you trying to desperately attempt to insinuate I support communism? Last I checked, Germany is not communist and they've managed to do what we can't seem to do, which is be productive and have plenty of time off for their families.
Also, yes, he needed that job. It was that or starve, so step off with that "he didn't have to work there" nonsense. He's why your gas at the pump isn't $6 right now.
@CheshireKatSmile, why don’t you move to Germany then? There’s plenty of jobs in the world so, unless your brother needs $100,000USD a year to not starve, I don’t see a problem. If you can’t handle all aspects of the job, good or bad, you shouldn’t be working there.
@prxjxct, good luck finding anyone to hire you with a medical issue. No one wants to in fear of you dying on the job, which shows how ignorant they are about heart defect issues. He was happy for any job of any pay, it just happened this one was willing to hire him and pay well. I never said he needed $100grand a year to not starve, so your reading comprehension is off.
I'd move to a better country in a heartbeat, but seeing as I'm married and that's something both partners have to agree on, I'm stuck here. At least it's in a state that has decent entertainment.
Yea this just isn’t true. Like other points have stated the 40 hour work week is relatively new and in many developed nations people are often working full time jobs for even less and we have seen standard of living increase hugely in that same time. What is true however is that wage growth, which should be an indicator of productivity, hasn’t even come close to keeping pace with inflation which is what we would want to see if the system was working well.
@Dragoon0106, interesting question, which would people want more, wage growth or a shorter work week? I'd pick a 35 hour work week
@Oujosh29, I mean people certainly make this decision every day when looking at demands of a new job versus salary. It’s highly dependent on your own economic situation. Someone at the poverty line is almost always going to go for more hours to help make ends meet while someone in the highest quartile is more likely to go for less time and stress if their position is already secure.
@Dragoon0106, yeah but I'm talking about tge next general shift like towards a 40 hour work week being the norm. Would funnypics rather have a shorter work week or wage growth?
For the purpose of the question you cant have both, even if youre a small Mexican girl
@Oujosh29, lol well I’d say as general standard of living increases and income inequality lessens, which it has over the long term even if it has begun to reverse in recent years, you see more people taking on fewer hours and we’ve seen entire countries’ norms shift recently. The exceptions are interesting though. We see many highly paid professions who work crazy hours, especially those in law, finance, medicine,and comp sci and to a lesser extent in the nonprofit sector.
@Oujosh29, definitely higher wages, I would just get bored with the extra 5 hours
Thats not really true. Back in the day it was common to work 12 hour days, 6-7 days a week. Now its 8 hour days 40 hours a week. Not sure I'd give capitalism credit for the shift, but we're definitely working less.
And by back in the day i mean tge 40s and 50s, so 60ish years ago
@Oujosh29, you haven’t worked much have you? A 10+ hour day is common today as career employment moved to salary positions and away from hourly work. Fewer careers pay by the hour now. I haven’t worked a 40 hour week in years as 55+ hours is common with no “overtime” pay because I’m on salary.
@Pen is huge, sorry to hear that, but your personal experience does not translate into universal truth. Look it up, the average work week has decreased from about 60 hours a century ago, to about 40 today. Some work more, some less, but the average is about 40. The downward trend is world wide, with some countries working less than 30 hours. Technology is cited as one of the major factors.
@Pen is huge, I have a great career, and it's salary with a 40 hour schedule. If i choose to work overtime, i get paid time and a half. You might want to change professions, because it sounds like youre getting screwed
@Oujosh29, congrats on the career move and I love my job. But according to BLS and Gallup, salaried Americans are at work between 8.8 and 9.7 hours a day not including work done via smartphones.
But it has allowed us to get damned rich
Yeah this person is not a smart person.
Ever hear of unemployment? Or staff reduction? People might still be working 40hr weeks but there are less of them working them
I mean I work in tech and my work week isn’t that bad. And 40 hours is not that hard and I usually want to work more. Also I’m pretty sure humans have always worked long workweeks if they wanted to be successful.
Oh, well then socialism MUST be the answer then.
This is y ppl slack off at work u produce more and get the same pay there's no incentive ppl with jobs where the more u work the more u make usually work harder
The 40 hour work week with breaks is the perfect idea, why would you work less for less money? Also, a little tid-bit: Hitler implemented 40 hour weeks, 8 hour days, and paid vacations.
@Elmato, it was not Hitler's invention. Credit Henry Ford, though he was also an antisemite so I suppose you were close.
There actually are places that have switched from working 8hrs a day to 6hrs a day.
I’ve wondered that myself. Shouldn’t the work day or week get shorter. The tech costs money so it’s hard to justify paying more but geez give us a shorter day for same pay.
I just wish wages weren't stagnant.