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A convention that extends weekends into Monday mornings

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jan 07, 2022
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Establish an international convention that delays Monday business hours by a few hours so that people can start their weeks on a pleasant note.
  • reduce the levels of stress in society
  • make people's lives happier
  • extend the weekend feel
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Weekends are generally associated with freedom, so people look forward to them. This can't be said for workdays.
In spite of the fact that people have to work on Saturdays, they still experience a "weekend feel" because business hours are shortened on Saturdays. At the very least, Saturdays are an extension of work-free Sundays.
What if Mondays began on the same note as Sundays and extended Sundays in the opposite direction? People wouldn't have to wake up with alarm clocks if business hours started later. They could spend Monday morning with their families and then ease into the workweek.
It's only a few hours difference but would have a big psychological impact on society. The economy wouldn't suffer that much. Things would still get done on Mondays, only they would have to be better planned.
People have gotten used to less convenience in Covid times. Nowadays it shouldn't be a problem to wait a few hours to get things done on Mondays.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni3 years ago
The idea is good and I support it. I have a slight concern for which, I think, there is really no good answer. If what the idea proposes happens, won't the Monday afternoons (when people will start their work according to the idea) be the new Monday mornings. I mean work has to be started sometime and Monday blues will simple be Monday afternoon blues. This idea will work great for the first few years till it is new and people are excited about it. But then meetings get planned on Monday afternoon and you might see people making last-minute presentations on Monday mornings, which will defeat the entire purpose of resting in the morning and spending time with your family. So, I think, we are simply postponing the problem to a later time than solving it. After a few years, we may have to come up with a holiday on Monday and start the week on Tuesday, which will again feel good for a few years on account of its novelty but then start becoming the new Monday. It is a short-term solution but a solution nevertheless.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni at least people won't have to make the last-minute meeting plans on Sunday afternoon:)
Waking up to an alarm clock sucks. Having to go to work right after you wake up sucks too. Feeling the dreaded Monday approach sucks too - making even your Sunday feel worse than it could have been.
The proposed idea breaks the suckiness apart into manageable pieces:) Even if Monday afternoon ends up sucking, you don't have to worry about it on a Sunday. Also when the suckiness arrives, the weekend is already a little closer.
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Darryl Koh Yuan Jie
Darryl Koh Yuan Jie3 years ago
Many countries are actually slowly advocating for a 4 day work week whenever possible. Microsoft Japan did a trial back in 2019 and reported that workers had higher levels of productivity, work-life balance and a reduction in overall electricity costs for the company.
Personally, I feel Covid has also made the idea of a shorter work week possible as many companies in Singapore are forced to allow workers to WFH(Work from home) due to the covid situation here. Even though the situation has stabalized and we are alot to work in our offices, many actually prefer to WFH as Covid has proved that it is possible to work remotely and yet be productive.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 years ago
On a side note, I never liked Sundays because when businesses are closed everything seems dead/deserted. In contrast, Saturdays are ok because you can get stuff done in the morning and party in the evening.
The proposed idea would actually enrich Sundays.
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Povilas S
Povilas S3 years ago
I support the idea. I think society is slowly moving towards shorter and shorter working times anyway. We are inevitably moving towards greater and greater automatization of the workforce and eventually should reach the level of universal basic income.
At some point, Thursdays became second Fridays. People now often start going out on Thursdays, bars and other entertainment venues experience a flow of customers on Thursdays comparable to that on weekends. This is perhaps more valid for the bigger cities of the western world, but still. On Fridays, many people finish work at least an hour if not a few earlier and perhaps (due to the second Friday) start it a bit later if their employers allow such flexibility. Because of the current pandemic, remote work has become way more popular and way more accepted as a norm by employers, due to this, work flexibility also increased.
So starting to work on Mondays a bit later would contribute to the same tendency of shortening the working hours in general.
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