'“Until now, the trend has been toward shorter working hours as productivity has increased,” she told reporters in Harpsund, Sweden. “I believe that in the future, though not in the next few years, the development will be similar: improvements in productivity and technology should show up as improvements in the conditions for ordinary workers, including shorter working hours.”
The Finnish government isn’t currently working on a four-day week, she said.'
1) People should reap benefit of automation.
2) Less urge to generate bullshit work to fill in 40+ hours.
3) Could force employers to think of more equalized distribution of work. So a few more people can get a job and overworked people can get some leisure.
The real solution here is to prevent worker-leeching but that seems incredible draconian (and you'd have to get every single country to agree to it).
I assume manufacturing jobs will need to be 5 days or America will be even less competitive and the same for service jobs, gigs.
I wonder what jobs will actually benefit from a four day work week.
As a programmer I have the luxury of willingly taking a pay cut to have an additional day off per week if I want to and usually in a position to negotiate for it.
I don't know the Finnish economical situation well enough of how feasible a four day week would be short term. But I don't see much difference to reductions of work hours/days in the past.