The Myth of the 15-hour Work Week

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By: Marie Donlon

What would take an office worker an entire day to complete in 1970 would only take 1.5 hours today thanks to the digital revolution.

Advances in technology coupled with productivity improvements have made it possible for the average worker to complete tasks in significantly fewer hours than in the past.

This increase in productivity was even predicted by economist John Maynard Keynes, who suggested in 1930 that such improvements would lead to a 15-hour work week instead of the traditional 40-hour work week.

So what happened?

In simple terms, the more productive a company becomes, the more a company increases the amount of business it does with the productivity gains being absorbed by the company’s bottom line.

In other words, greater productivity is met with demands for even greater productivity.

For other possible explanations about why we don’t work for 15 hours a week, click here.