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Former world’s richest man calls for 3 day work week

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Speaking at a trade conference in Paraguay, Slim said that the time lost could be offset by longer working days of ten or 11 hours, and a higher retirement age.

The Financial Times reports Slim saying: “With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life.

“Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied.”

Slim said that such a change would boost productivity as well as improving peoples’ quality of life. He suggested that it could be implemented by spreading the workforce out over a full week.

Back in the 1930s, renowned economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that due to technological advancements humans could eventually see working weeks of 15 hours or less but most of us are stuck with at least 38 hours per week. 

OECD figures show that workers in the Netherlands typically work the shortest weeks, with an average of 27.6, whilst workers in Mexico average the highest, at 44.7. 

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