Carlos Slim's global three-day workweek

August 1, 2014

The world’s second-richest man thinks we ought to work three-days-a-week, 11-hours-a-day, until we’re 75. It’s a drastically different concept than our current setup, the dreaded forty-hour workweek (I’ve written about my thoughts on that as well.)

Other potential benefits:

But the real argument for the three-day workweek comes when you think of its ability to boost the innovation potential of individuals, companies and even nations. Working fewer hours a week frees up time to take on personal creativity and passion projects.

I’m all for less time working and more time living life. I’m also all for our time at work actually being productive, and earning a wage equivalent to that. Slim’s idea isn’t perfect, but at least people are thinking of alternative schemes.