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@...>:
> 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).
Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.