10 Shocking Facts About the 40 Hour Work Week

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1) In the 1920’s, it was Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, that established the 40-hour work week, as a respite for factory workers who were being exploited with 14- or 16-hour workdays.
Surprisingly, Ford didn’t do it for scientific reasons or solely for the health of his employees. Rather, one of the main reasons he came up with the idea to reduce the working hours of his staff was so employees would have enough free time to go out and realize they needed to buy stuff.

















2) Leisure is an indispensable ingredient in a growing consumer market because working people need to have enough free time to find the uses for consumer products.













3) The wholesome activities like walking, exercising, reading, meditating, and extra writing slowly drop out of my life. The one conspicuous similarity between these activities is that they cost little or no money, but they take time. In an 40 hour job, you are paid more, but you have less time for yourself.

















4) The actual office works merely takes 4 to 5 hours of time. But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours but because it makes for a purchase-happy public. People always tend to spend more when they are off work.


















5) All of America’s problems, including obesity, depression, pollution and corruption are what it costs to create and sustain a trillion-dollar economy. For the economy to be “healthy”, America has to remain unhealthy.

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6) The culture of the eight-hour workday is big business’ most powerful tool for keeping people in this same dissatisfied state where the answer to every problem is to buy something. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.


















7) A scientific research tell us that people who wake up late can outperform the early risers. So forcing someone to work early doesn’t necessarily lead to better results.
















8) The more we make money, the more we spend. It’s not that we suddenly need to buy more just because we make more, only that we can, so we do. In fact, it’s quite difficult for us to avoid increasing our standard of living (or at least our rate of spending) every time we get an appraisal.












9) Big commerce really wants millions of consumers to keep the economy high, and they have really succeeded. Unless you’re a real anomaly, your lifestyle has already been designed.















10) A perfect customer for keeping up this big billion business is dissatisfied but hopeful, uninterested in actual personal development, habituated to television, working full-time, earning a fair amount, indulging during their free time, and somehow just getting by.

Are you one among those? If yes, then its time to re-think…

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