If study after study shows a connection between leisure and productivity, why are we being worked to exhaustian in the name of production? In the United Kingdom, the New Economics Forum has released a report called 21 hours calling for a new work-week norm. "Each person in Britain already works an average of 20 hours a week if you spread working hours evenly across the population," reports Zoe Cormier in the New Internationalist:
"Having the normal working week could solve a litany of social problems," writes Cormier, and it could have an effect on climate change as well:
"While we can always make more stuff," says Cormier, "we can't make more time--each of us only has so many grains of sand in our hourglass. As difficult as our mortality may be to contemplate, we each need to learn that our lives are not going to get longer--and in fact, the stress of punishing schedules and sedentary jobs can shorten them."
Source: New Internationalist (article not yet available online)