A Look at the Work Week II

Work Week Changes

In last week’s blog, we looked at some of the origins of our work week. These included the impact of time tracking and time as money.  Here is more information about how we got here.

How Many Days in Your Work Week?

Time is an important concept because it helps us structure our daily lives. It also has become a measurement tool for how successful we are. Did we finish that project on time (and, therefore, under budget)? Are we still mastering our work days and distancing them from our weekends and vacations where we are expected to be ‘work free’?

Effects of the Great Depression

Employee hours were cut back during the Great Depression. Overtime soon became a thing of the past as pocketbooks dwindled. In 1938, President Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to ensure the future of the modern eight-hour work day.

Standardized Weekend

The idea of the weekend was well-received around the world. It was decided that the work week would be five days with two days off between the work weeks. Some experts suggest that two day period may disappear in the near future. Onstad thinks that technology will have a hand in that shift.

What do you think?

To read our first blog, click here.
To read Onstad’s complete article click here.

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