Here’s an idea for job creation: institute six-hour shift maximums for low to mid-tier work. Here are the advantages:
- You give more time for each worker with his/her family
- You have already captured the maximum daily productivity from that person anyway
- This will require that you hire more people
You pay more in benefits and payroll, obviously, but you basically put the country to work and increase the quality of life for the average person. This should also manifest as more money spent on goods and services and more time spent with children by parents.
It’s not perfect, but it’s time to start thinking creatively.
1 This is not my idea. I read it in a blog comment somewhere and can’t remember where. I’m just passing it along.