11 Jul '11, 9pm

The death of 'normal working hours'

How can we organise working time in such a way that we achieve maximum productivity while promoting happiness? Of all the various aspects of work/life balance, this is one of the trickiest and most interesting. Not so long ago, working time was decided by the hours of daylight. Then came the industrial revolution, when electricity and artificial lighting made it possible for factory owners to keep their machines running into the night, whatever the cost to their workers' health. By the mid-19th century, millions of British and American workers were putting in a mind-numbing 3,500 hours a year - almost 10 hours a day, every day of the year. Of course, such gross exploitation was short-lived, as were the unfortunate workers themselves. In the 20th century, Henry Ford, the pioneer of "welfare capitalism", introduced first the 48-hour week, then - to the outrage of his fellow ...

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