“productivity gains have been buried underneath layers of toxic workplace culture, bad economics and poor planning”

Lizzy Burden at the Telegraph has a piece about SHORTER and the four-day week:

One of Labour’s barmier proposals ahead of the last general election was a four-day working week with “no loss of pay”.

But Silicon Valley-based Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of Shorter: How working less will revolutionise the way your company gets things done, is undeterred: “The four-day week shouldn’t be seen as a left-wing policy or a right-wing one – it’s simply a good business idea.”

A century ago, philosopher Bertrand Russell and economist John Maynard Keynes argued that by 2000 we would all be working as little as three or four hours a day as technology advanced, productivity rose and economies expanded….

According to Pang, technology has “made companies far more productive than they were 20 or 30 years ago, but those productivity gains have been buried underneath layers of toxic workplace culture, bad economics and poor planning.

“What companies that have shortened their work weeks have discovered is that by stripping back those layers of outmoded practice, they’re able to realise some of those gains and some of Russell’s vision.”

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