Do you think a 4-day working week is good for a country’s economy?

It was once found that one day in the week was sufficient to feel and think about the world and itself in peace.Even for the extremely diligent and unsurmountable creator God of thought, one day was sufficient.

The arithmetic very practical working week of 10 days as a result of the French Revolution, with of course only one day free of work and also no religious holidays has not been able to charm the hearts of the people and thus did not survive.In the then communist Eastern Bloc one has not even tried this grandiose idea.

Switching from a 5 to a 4-day working week would theoretically cost 20% BIP.This does not matter much for the economy, which is then simply smaller or as large as 25 years ago, when it was a great thing for us. The children have to go to school longer to catch up on the learning backlogs, otherwise the BIP will have serious consequences in the long term for the kognitive skills of the population. With the additional consequence that people no longer know what they can start free with themselves in the three days.

However, the BIP’s loss would be very favourable to the climate agreement.This is without complicated debates and taxes being settled!


The honesty area to notify me that I am so someone who indeed has a 4-day working week.And I have that even arranged so that this one week a free Friday, and the other week a free Monday yields. That way I once every 14 days a weekend of 4 days. A mini holiday in fact. In Those 4 days I take a lot of fun things, (city) trips, hikes, etc. In other words: I let my money roll in the local economy and have a larger socio-economic footprint.

But then there is the side note that the undersigned to those four days of the week will have a little worth of the salary with which these things like to blow out in the south German mountains or that monthly day relaxing in the sauna of can undertake.Most other people don’t have that luxury, and with them, such an extra day weekend in the week will hardly or even have a negative socio-economic footprint.

PS: Do You know what is much more prosperous than a 4-day working week, both for employees and the economy?Letting go of the shoptime law. If companies and shops can choose to be open for example in the evening and on Sundays, instead of at times when most people work, they will win all those customers who normally have to cram all their purchases in a stressed Saturday and then Sighting but ordering on the internet.

Did you know that is the case now?At least on average. A young woman in the Netherlands works on average 29 hours and men sit on average 37 hours.

Or is that good?Well on short notice maybe not. Even though the Dutchman is quite productive and he or she has a good participation compared to other countries. A higher number of hours could mean more growth in the short term, because more resistance is being done by companies in a shorter time. But long term? I do not think so. Burnout is already a big problem, especially in women it is a big problem and predatory is not healthy, long-term means that is precisely decreased production.

Several demographic studies show that many women are already complaining of stone and bone that they are overworked, with the household remaining.Stress may work fine at a macro level at short notice, at micro level it may not be. What the gentlemen in The Hague may not be aware of is that many women have a link to participate in society. Compared to the Hungarians, they already have little sense, although their fertility level is still lower than here, but there is more behind it, like the fact that it is a former Eastern Bloc country. I am exaggerating here, but you understand the principle behind it.

Because we were the first World War neutral and occupied in the Second World War, the Netherlands has quite a traditional distribution of household chores and work outdoors compared to countries around us.

Crazy enough, it does help with the fertility rate, although that is still too low (is below the replacement level). In the long term, you are going to see a contraction, the question is just how serious the current participation will contribute to it. If it is on the Rutte, probably a lot.

I once read about a lawsuit from a man who tried to pay off big debts with two jobs of 36 hours.

One of his employers was afraid of the punishment that the authorities would impose if they discovered how this man was overworked and unilaterally reduced his contract to 4 hours in order to reach the standard of 40 hours. The man did not agree and therefore stepped to court. However, that was to give the employer the same: debts or not, some people simply do not have the right to work longer.

It seems to me that if something like a four-day working week is introduced there will be exceptions for entrepreneurs, civil servants and higher educated, as they are already there for the working week of 40 hours.Indeed, it is always the same: The ruling class gives her mates all sorts of freedoms, where they secretly find workers too stupid.

Restrictions on employment contracts make it more difficult by definition for employers and employees to reach an agreement.This has a negative impact on the economy. The unemployment rate is higher in good times and it takes more time to recover from recessions. The jobs that are created are of lower quality. The inefficiency is, for example, clearly visible in the form of self-employed Professionals -most of them would simply be employees under reasonable policies. If the government abuses its power by workers to take the liberty to work more than four days a week, then chances are that they will also flee to ZZP-like constructions, although they are not at all self-sufficience waiting.

There are many studies that say that less work is more effective and the overall economy is beneficial.I am sure I can imagine this for more work. This is probably not the case for repetitive work. On this basis, I would say that a 4-day working week would certainly benefit the economy.

I myself work 4 days a week and have a lot of fun of it, it gives me more time to take care of things at home.Considering I’m too busy there too, I’m not so calm.

As Quora user indicates, 1 day in the week enough went that earlier.

The role distribution was different, the work is different.These traditional values no longer apply this time. My wife works and I work. The Friday I pass on my daughter is no time I relax. The Saturday we are busy with shopping and the housekeeping, also not really time to relax. Sunday then that happens, but even then there are enough chores that I will not get to.

I would say, the 4-day working week is for me what I need to have just enough time to get to all the chores.Great for the economy!

Strictly speaking, from an Economie’s point of view, only if a four-day work week resulted in greater efficiency.

This could be quite the same as the extra free time would result in an individual and a general greater creativity, efficiency, production strength in the four working days.

Even if one uses that extra free day productively and not only consumes

A 4 day working week keeps a lower salary, reducing the load.To compensate for that, taxes are raised again for certain services, groups of people or products. People then keep less purchasing power, which makes the economy less good.

Another vision is that people have more free time and therefore spend more.Even though the taxes go up.

Standard 4 days?For everyone? I have done it for decades and it was very good. 30 hours. Every week yes. Average then.

I would leave it to everyone, how to build up your work week.Consultation with employers. But when it became the standard , more people have less work.So you become more efficient in what you do.And more workplaces are being created, so more opportunities for those who like it. For employers, greater flexibility of commitment is again interesting. That the workforce is breathing with the amount of work.

So it seems to me to be good on all sides.That is why the trend has also been going on for a long time. When I was young it was normal that working and going to school on Saturday was normal. 48 hours per week. Now is a kind of standard 36 hours per week but there is a much smaller percentage that the standard really gets.

Notorious and unmedicable overworkers can just add their hours and go a lot on holiday.Yet?

The 4-day work week only works if that doesn’t mean that no 5-day work week (performed by people working 4 days a week) is more.

If the 5-day work week also disappears and one day a week more is not worked at all, that is of course not good for a country.By that day less work your income is wrong, or production targets need to be adjusted to missing that day.

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