2011-04-23 / Editorials & Letters

Lighten up: It’s time to take Fridays off

By Dawn Weber

It’s Friday. So sorry – but I’m closed.

In fact, by the power wasted on me, I hereby declare Fridays off. For everyone. From this day forward.

I can almost see your smiles, hear your sighs of relief at this wonderful news. Really, it was no bother for me to grant you a four-day workweek. I know, I know – you want to hug me. Just send cash.

My decision to give us all a reduced schedule is based on extensive research, with the following very scientific findings:

A. I am tired, and...

B. I need a nap since...

C. all I do is work and...

D. lots of folks tell me they feel the same way.

Want to know why?

For the most part – I think Americans work too much. We also work too hard. Do the math: Five of the seven days in a week, we use up HALF (or more) of our waking hours at jobs. HALF! Or More!

Somebody get me a Xanax.

Seriously, though – teachers spend more days with my kids than I do, and I spend much more time with my co-workers than my family.

I know that, for many decades, this is the way things have been. But please – tell me the name of the person responsible for deciding that we MUST work five days, 40 hours a week to earn benefits and a decent wage. If he’s still around, send him my way – because I’d really like to kick him. Directly in the heinie.

I do have some good news related to my decision to change your hours: There is some trending towards an altered schedule. Utah state employees – along with many American businesses – have adopted the four-ten hour workweek with great, money-saving results.

I found the following info on the Internet <http://www.thenextgreatgeneration.com/2011/01/10/ the-argument-for-the-four-daywork week/> (therefore it must be true). Many four-day work-week supporters say such a schedule:

* Increases employee productivity

* Increases time spent with family

* Increases employee happiness

Yeah. But can’t you just hear The Man?: “Employee happiness? Ha! Who cares about that?”

True, in this employers’ market, increasing workers’ morale doesn’t usually rank as a priority. Today’s business motto? “Shut Up and Work – You’re Lucky to Have a Job.”

So how about these assertions from the same site, which state that four-day work-weeks:

* Reduce labor costs for businesses

* Reduce operational costs for businesses, in the form of decreased security, energy and utility expenses

* Reduce employee absenteeism

* Increase productivity

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Boss.

Anyway, the heck with him. I’ve decided I am your supervisor today, hence my decision to give all of us another day off. Because, simply put, if no one worked on Fridays, then no one else would have to work on Fridays. Word.

Stores could close. Offices could close. Banks could close. We could all stay home and spend more time with our loved ones. What a concept.

Imagine the savings! Imagine the reduced stress! Imagine the lack of dummies on the road, er, I mean, traffic!

For the love of all that’s holy, people. Imagine the NAPS!

Dawn Weber is a Brownsville wife and working mother of two pre-teens. She blogs at http://www.lightenupweber.blogspot.com

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