It’s 4:30 on a Friday in August and you’re stuck in a cubicle. You’re counting down the seconds until you can get the hell out of there but the clock seems to be moving at half-speed. You’re done with your work and super bored so you check wonderful Coed.com for the latest in deliciously distracting news stories. And I am here to provide you with some hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Carlos Slim is a Mexican telecom mogul whose net worth of $77.1 billion makes him the second richest man in the world after Bill Gates, and he is a proponent of a three-day work week. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Slim advocated for a three-day work week and a later retirement age as a way to counteract changes in civilization, including increased robotization.
In the interview, Slim, who first starting promoting the 3-day work week in 2014, said that 40 percent of his employees that were offered the deal have taken him up on it.
I’m admittedly not an economist, but if a dude with a net worth in excess $77 billion says his employees should work less days then I’m certainly not going to argue with him.
So next time your boss pulls a Lumbergh from Office Space (see below) and tries to make you work on *gasp* Saturday, let him or her know that your boy Carlos Slim says you’re actually helping the company by working fewer days and not more.