Work Less: New Strategies for a Changing Workplace

  • 9h 12m 42s
  • Jon Peirce
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2024

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 coworkers.

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 labor 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. Jon lives and writes in Gatineau, Quebec.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: Suddenly, the Time Is Now (Once Again)
  • Chapter 1 - Working Ourselves Sick
  • Chapter 2 - Historical Development of Work Hours I: The United States
  • Chapter 3 - Historical Development of Work Hours II: Canada
  • Chapter 4 - Historical Development of Work Hours III: Work Hours Around the World
  • Chapter 5 - A Special Decade: Work Hours and the 1920s
  • Chapter 6 - Technology, Work Intensification, Stress, and Distress
  • Chapter 7 - The “Great Resignation” and Its Effects on Work Hours
  • Chapter 8 - The Right to Disconnect
  • Chapter 9 - Hybrid Workplaces and Their Implications for Work Hours
  • Chapter 10 - What’s Been Happening Lately on the Shorter Hours Scene?
  • Chapter 11 - Recommendations
  • Conclusion