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Rethinking the Work Week

 Posted by Antonia Sohns on October 2, 2012
Oct 022012

Unemployment plagues today’s nations. In Europe, unemployment rate was 11.2% in June. Within those European unemployment statistics, the working youth less than 25 years old are particularly affected – with an unemployment rate of 22.4%.  In comparison, national unemployment in the US is approximately 8%.

In order to ameliorate unemployment, improve individual well-being and protect the environment, governments need to restructure our employment regime. By encouraging the development of a new employment model, governments can ensure sustainable prosperity while creating quality green jobs for all.

Spanish Unemployment (Photo via Flickr, by Pepe Pont)

Currently, most employment structures, like the American system, do little to “share” work. Instead, productivity growth is decoupled from hours worked, and employers pay benefits per person rather than per hour. This model results in a society of higher unemployment and larger incomes for the over-employed because during economic downturns, employees are forced out of the labor market so employers don’t have to cover their benefits. As a result, the remaining employees are worked harder.

This employment system is no longer sustainable as people work 40 hour and 50 hour work weeks and struggle to get by.  This model must be reformed.

Shared work can reduce unemployment by allowing people to work part-time, as full time workers are required to work fewer hours. According to a report released by the European Green Foundation last year, transitioning to a work-week of fewer “working” hours will boost job creation. In France, a shift to a 35-hour working week created 350,000 jobs between 1998 and 2002. Additionally, no European country has managed to achieve an unemployment rate below 6% without having at least 25% of its workforce employed part-time, and the average working hours not exceed 21 hours per week.

In fact, Europe has been at the forefront of experimenting with different work-week models and can provide insight into how models influence development and employment.

Despite income disparity between European nations and differences in culture and history, Europeans share a similar full-time working week of around 39 to 43 hours. The difference in hours is due to the three dominant models of European employment. In Scandinavian countries, Austria, Netherlands and the UK, work is shared on the basis of three-quarters of the population working full time and one-quarter working part-time. Sweden, for example, employs this model and has the longest average part-time hours in Europe – with 23.5 hours, or nearly 3 days of part-time work per week. Another more traditional model employed by countries in Eastern and Southern Europe, does not commonly use part-time employment due to lagging economies and the legacy of recession and the sovereign debt crisis. The third model rejects widespread part-time work, and therefore bears higher costs of unemployment. Yet, countries like France, Belgium and Finland, which use this model, have managed to kept productivity high.

Spanish Unemployment (Photo via Flickr, by Pepe Pont)

If a part-time work model is rejected and government seeks to reduce unemployment, the only solution to share employment is by reducing full-time working hours.

It is vital that work hours and productivity be understood as distinct from one another. Nations with the most work hours are not necessarily the most productive. Therefore, decreasing work hours doesn’t mean that production will be diminished.

Furthermore, modifying employment structure will benefit society by promoting gender equality, as women are more able to enter the work force to fill part-time positions. Sharing of work hours will also help to erode barriers by distributing work between new employees and older generations, and insiders and outsiders.

Reforming the employment structure will additionally benefit the environment. A recent study revealed that reducing working hours by 10% could diminish individual carbon footprints by 15% due to decreased consumption of goods and energy. Also, the US emits 50 to 70% more greenhouse gas emissions than European nations, and the US has a longer work-week.

In order for successful transformation of the employment structure and therefore society, individuals and communities will need to cooperate in negotiationsof new employment models. The systems must be tested in order to understand how the flow of capital will be affected, and to realize all the benefits of a modified working regime.

"The mom and dad who switched jobs," a Swedish educational book about gender equality (Photo via Fllickr, by anna_t)

Though the concept of shared working hours seems radical at first, in the current global economy of low growth and high productivity and a surging world population, the decoupling of productivity and hours worked must be addressed by political and business leaders alike. By implementing systemic change, more individuals will be able to work, instead of some working more and others less— helping people make ends meet, encouraging healthier lifestyles and ensuring a sustainable future.

 (Written by Antonia Sohns)

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