Source: Mike Drolet., June 27, 2020

Thanks to Henry Ford, the 40-hour work week was adopted in 1914 when he decided to scaled the work week down from 48 to 40 hours.

Could working less boost a country’s economy? That was the question after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern floated the idea of giving people the option of a four-day work week.

Ardern was talking about ways to boost her country’s economy recently in a widely-viewed Facebook live video. She pointed to the importance of tourism, which employs 15 per cent of New Zealand’s population and gets a large portion of its revenues domestically. A four-day work week, she suggested, would give people the opportunity to travel within New Zealand and spend money.

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