Making the case for the six-hour workday

From Employee Benefit News, Aug 27, 2019

Making the case for the six-hour workday

Mark Paul, assistant professor of economics at New College.
Mark Paul, assistant professor of economics at New College.

The eight-hour workday became common practice in the early 1900s, in a time before the rise of digitalization, robots and technology. Yet even today it still remains labor standard.
The average full-time employed American works 42.5 hours per week, or 8.5 hours per day, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That isn’t likely to change anytime soon, according to Mark Paul, assistant professor of economics at the New College of Florida.
“I think that there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that workers aren’t productive sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, and that the eight-hour workday is willfully outdated,” New College of Florida’s Paul says. “There’s a number of studies that indicate that reducing work hours to six hours a day would result in basically no losses for a lot of employers in many instances.”
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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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