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Re: CHAT: Work weeks WASRe: Words for "boredom"

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 7:24
En réponse à Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>:

> Siyo! > All this talk about perceived time had me thinking. > Fifty years ago, Americans predicted that their > forty-hour work weeks would shrink by now, but in > fact, they have increased by an average of ten hours. > Does anyone know what this looks like in other > countries? I know about France's work-week laws, but > I don't have historical perspective on it. >
I think in most countries which have strong regulation laws about work duration, the work week effectively shrinked, but only as an average. In many cases, it's accompanied with the so-called "flexibility", which makes that although the average work week gets shorter, this is due whether to additional holidays (like I have, I get 4 weeks of holidays more since I work 40 hours while paid only 38 a week) or to weeks with very different work durations. But as an average it effectively shrinks (at least in France and Holland, the only two countries I know for sure). Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.