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As late as 1970 futurists were predicting that a 3-day workweek would be the norm by the 1990s Articles of the day imagined that the biggest problem we would have in the 1990s would be figuring out what to do with all that free time This has obviously not been the case because of the demand for consumer goods soon after World War II The baby boom also created new demands Hours were increased and wages dropped People were working longer for less money The trend has continued throughout America today People are working forty hour weeks plus overtime A normal 8-5 job yields less than 5 hours of leisure for 9 hours of work This extreme lifestyle has driven many people off the edge By decreasing hours per workweek families will be strengthen there will be less pollution people would be able to live happier and healthier lives and it would also restore community volunteerism and participation in other matters America is the only free country in the world to push their citizens to the extreme France recently passed a law that limits the workweek to 35 hours Spain enjoys a leisurely siesta where a whole town will shut down to relax Studies also show that Americans are the most productive out of all countries So we work longer and harder than almost every other country excluding countries where slave labor takes place The 45-hour workweek is undoubtedly a big factor in family problems Too many children lack adequate care attention and supervision Parents even if they love their jobs readily admit they regret not spending more time with their children By reducing the workweek to 30 hours it would give each working parent the opportunity to spend up to10 more hours a week with their children In some circumstances children will get to spend nearly an extra day per week under the care of a parent Consider for example a family
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