I think there needs to be some sort of workforce reform where the 8-hour work day is shortened to 4 hours. But you still get paid for 8, of course. Doesn’t this seem reasonable and healthy?
For those of you who don’t already know, the strike I have been on for 3+ months finally came to an end yesterday when 71.5% of the union voted ourselves back into the workplace. I, personally, am very happy to be back at work. Though I will admit that having to be in the office for 8 hours is just long.
You get home and it’s already 6:30 and there’s no one home with dinner waiting because the dogs are a pair of deadbeats who don’t clean or cook for their humans. Really. Would it kill them to help out around the house a little bit? I know Sophie tried taking up carpentry for a while when she ate my coffee table and more recently part of our wood floor, but I’d like something a little more productive and helpful to my needs. I was totally happy with having FOUR corners on the coffee table. Sophie felt that it only needed one – WITHOUT consulting us.
I’d like some clean bathrooms, a vacuumed main floor, washed dishes and perhaps, if they were so inclined, a nice warm, home-cooked meal waiting for us when we got home.
Alas. The dogs are likely going to be dead-beats for their entire furry lives.
So, yes, I am back at work. Today was the first day back, which is sort of an adjustment since yesterday we were on strike. Though it was spent in the warmth of a conference hall while we reviewed the new contract offer and voted.
Still, when you add in the commute time (leave at 8am and get home at 6:30pm) it’s a looooong day. Do I want to cook meals then? No. Do I want to clean the house? No.
So I think that working from 9:30-3:15 would make a reasonable time change. Or something in between. Have SHIFTS like we did on the picket line. Early morning, mid-day and late afternoon. That would be LOVELY. And have them in 4 hours, with some overlaps.
This give you extra time to deal with kids, chores, appointments, meals… it’s a brilliant idea.
When I rule the universe I am so implementing that work policy. I, of course, won’t be working because I shall be ALL POWERFUL and will have many minions to carry out my chores and devotion and stuff. Many other people I shall just cull from the planet because they annoy me. But for the rest of you, who survive my wrath, you’ll get these awesome 4-hour work days with 8-hour work day pay because I love and appreciate every one of you.
You won’t even have to sacrifice any goats or first born children.
Don’t you think that’s a decent offer? (Warning, the wrong answer to that question may shift you from the Survivor list to the Culled list. Just sayin’.)