If you look up “work week” in Wikipedia, you will find that a periodic pause to daily working was originally developed either for religious purposes presumably to give people time to support their local priests or for farmers to create a market day for the sale of their goods.
I propose that we ban the work week entirely. Our modern society needs to keep businesses open 24/7. Like health care, banks, police & fire, computer systems, infrastructure, internet, and on and on.
At the same time, over population coupled with higher productivity has created the ability to give everyone a job if we work fewer hours per person.
Not wanting to ban calendars with weeks right off, I purpose we work 5 hours a day for 4 days in a row, and then have 4 days off. (Yes, 20 hours every 8 days.) Meanwhile, companies would be required to be open every day so they would need to facilitate a “staggered” work environment. Salary would be required to provide a living wage for every employed person, a living wage vs. the minimum wage. New calendars would have 8 days per week.
If someone enjoys their work enough to work more hours, fine. But no one else should loose their job because of this. Volunteering would be allowed! Overtime would also be allowed during emergencies.
If I could, I would ban inequality at the same time. But I figure moving too fast might be met with resistance. 🙂
Btw, I do mean that the 5 work day week is a political view. Yes, teachers might argue that we have 2 days off per week because business’s care about people. Those are the same people who take summers off!