Challenge | Make an argument for why weekends should be longerPosted: August 4, 2011
When I read today’s Daily Post Topic Idea, I was stuck.
I did not know how to go about it.
Mainly, because I may be biased due to my current situation.
For almost 6 weeks now, I have been in my pajamas 24/7. The only times I would get out of my PJs are when we have dinners at relatives’ houses (and these were still thoughtless outfits, mind you). Taking this long break from work really made me miss it and actually reflected on the value of work. The art of doing something is really fulfilling in a lot of ways.
So when asked right now to make an argument for why weekends should be longer, I would ask right back: Should it be longer?
I know. Harsh.
I remember the times when we are knee-deep into work in the office… working until midnight… and always looking forward to a 3-day weekend (a 4-day weekend is a jackpot!). And just learning how in some European countries actually do have usual 3-day weekends just makes me green with envy. It makes us think, we should, too, right?
I also recall one summer when I was in college that government offices did follow a 4-day work week. The reason, if I remember correctly, is so that parents could spend more quality time with their kids at home. Although the intentions were good, I believe this was really not necessary (especially for government offices). I mean, come on. Their jobs are usually 8 to 5 in a very relaxed environment. I don’t mean to demean or put down government employees. I actually envy them. My mom has been serving as one for over twenty years now and has made us all go through college with her small salary. But working 5 days a week did not lessen our bonding times. Plus we all know how small the income of government employees are (except for those corrupt. :P) — a 4-day work week means less income.
So I believe to answer the question: should weekends be longer?; depends on where you are actually working.
That’s my take, anyway.
What do you think?
I am ending this with no mind-opening conclusion but to pass the challenge to:
Make an argument for why weekends should be longer.
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