Work Less: New Strategies for a Changing Workplace

Work Less: New Strategies for a Changing Workplace

By Jon Peirce

Shorter work hours are likely to lead to a happier, healthier, and more productive work force, as well as to reduced stress on the health-care system, since overwork is a key cause of mental and physical illness. Work Less proposes various ways for organizations to achieve shorter hours and offers policy options for use by governments.


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Book Information

Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publish Date: 01/30/2024
Pages: 296
ISBN-13: 9781459751316
ISBN-10: 1459751310
Language: English

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"Peirce tells the intriguing story of the battle for shorter hours ... and why now is finally the moment for a breakthrough that would give us all more of the precious gift of time." -- LINDA McQUAIG, journalist and author

You can't have a healthy economy with an unhealthy work force. Work Less proposes ways to reduce work hours and keep workers happier, healthier, and more productive.

Recent years have revealed just how stressed out many workers are. While the trend to longer hours has been developing for several decades, the trend's effects have been aggravated during the pandemic by the growing use of Zoom and other new technologies for meetings with clients, customers, and co-workers.

Exhausted and fed up, today's workers are starting to insist on shorter hours and greater flexibility as to where they do their work. There is growing consensus that the forty-hour week, the norm since the 1940s, has outlived its usefulness. And there is an urgent need for new work schedules that adequately reflect the far greater intensity of work today, as well as the greater family demands on a labour force made up of almost fifty percent women, who bear the brunt of domestic duties.

Work Less offers practical scheduling suggestions to employers and workers and numerous policy options for government policy-makers to improve working conditions.

About the Author

Jon Peirce has been writing about work hours and the world of work for much of the past twenty-five years. He has worked as a journalist, university professor, and union staffer, and is the author of Canadian Industrial Relations.

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