July 27, 2014 12:18 pm

Feedback: three-day week for all

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Michael Skapinker argued in his column last week that Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecoms boss, was in tune with the times when he argued for a shorter working week. Here is some reader reaction to ‘Why Slim’s three-day week is a great idea’.


‘For some reason everybody seems to assume that just because you work for only three days that you should receive only 60 per cent of five days pay. This is just not necessary as . . . work expands to fill the time taken to complete it.’ Gareth Davies


‘It has always struck me as crazy that the richest country in the world, the US, has such short holidays and people spend so long in the office on working days. What’s the point in generating all that wealth if you have no time to spend it?’ HoJack

‘My partner has worked three days per week for many years . . . and a regular feature of her appraisal is to be told that she has exceeded the performance of her colleagues who work five days per week. This is because she is highly focused and organised to fully work the three days she is in work.’ Gumption


‘It wouldn’t make sense if you also get a 40 per cent pay cut. That would be disastrous.’ Tom Hutchins

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