“Shorter working time should be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery.”
The VGS has got in touch with the District Council about ‘new ways of working’ for its staff:
Moving towards a Four-Day Week – Vision Group for Sidmouth
Getting the economy going with new ideas – Vision Group for Sidmouth
And meanwhile, the VGS has been contacted by the author Alex Pang:
The end of the 9-5? How work will change after coronavirus
The New Economics Forum has been pushing for things to change for some time now:
A shorter working week | New Economics Foundation
Five reasons why NEF supports the 4 Day Week Campaign | New Economics Foundation
And with a depression upon us, we need some new thinking – as this book review from the NEF suggests:
THE CASE FOR A FOUR-DAY WEEK
A new book argues that shorter working time should be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery.
The Case for a Four Day Week by Anna Coote, Aidan Harper and Alfie Stirling
Shorter working time should be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery. That’s the message of The Case for a Four Day Week, published by Polity this month, and written by NEF’s Anna Coote, Aidan Harper and Alfie Stirling. It sets out why reduced working time is good for human wellbeing, for the natural environment and for building a prosperous economy – and shows how it can be done. Drawing on a wide range of experience across the world it provides, for the first time, a practical roadmap for moving from today’s standard workweek towards four days or 30 hours as the new norm.
It’s an idea whose time has come. As governments struggle to cope with Covid-19, going out to work for five full days a week is suddenly the exception rather than the rule. The number of workers who know what it feels like to have more free time has risen dramatically. So has the number of employers with experience of reorganising staff time. That’s good news…