The 15-hour work week, Standardization, Consolidation, and a Volunteer Workforce
The 15-hour work week
How many hours could the standard American 40-hour work week be reduced to if money was not required?
In order to ensure accuracy, I did two estimates, each of them from completely different directions. The first estimate rendered a 14-hour work week and the second estimate rendered a 13.6-hour work week. An all-volunteer work system will need to schedule people for work and track inventory for supply and demand and have a system of distribution. To account for this record keeping I rounded both estimates up to 15 hours per week. I think the workweek could be reduced to even less that 15 hours per week.
The estimates referred are quite long and I intend to someday include them in an appendix (not first on my list).
A shortened work week means that money-oriented types of jobs won’t be required. Many of those people will volunteer to assist other professions that require highly trained people. A dentist, for example, instead of having a staff of 5 might have a staff of 30. There will be a time of adjustment but eventually the gaps will fill in.
Standardization means that instead of having 300 different choices of toothpaste people only have a half dozen and they replace their containers. It means that instead of shipping 250 individual plastic containers of laundry detergent, a 250-gallon tote can be shipped and people can use refillable containers. It means that instead of having to buy junk made with planned obsolescence people will get less but what they get will be made with quality and made to last.
By consolidation I mean that after money is gone factories can be retooled to become more efficient. Many factories won’t be needed. Twenty toothpaste factories, for example, might be reduced to two or three factories. Then the best machinery of the other factories could be used in the new factories.
If the workweek was reduced to 15 hours many people would want to work a month and take two months off. The work would be setup to be as convenient as possible. Having everything we need and most everything we want without paying for it, replaces stress and crime with the relaxing and compassionate feeling of appreciation. Instead forcing people we ask them and their response will be far more favorable than we think. And if someone just doesn’t want to work then our system should be large enough to allow that. If a need should come for someone to perform a dirty job that no one wants to do, for example, then put it on the list with an urgent need to be fulfilled and watch how fast someone will volunteer to do it. Why? Because that’s the way we really are. All we have to do to see this is get money out of the way.