I’m glad this entry was posted on the Get Rich Slowly blog. I’ve had this idea for a while now, and it wasn’t until someone else wrote about it that I now feel un-crazy enough to write about this myself.
My idea—at least this particular crazy idea—stems from that crazy super-rushed feeling you get just before and just after vacation. You work extra super duper hard to leave nothing hanging while you’re gone, then you work extra super duper hard to catch up on the things that you missed while you were out. Sure, maybe one of your coworkers can cover your super necessary items, but still, the time is always crushed. And while you’re gone? Your coworkers are crushed, too.
So how about this instead? For every team of 4, each team member takes a 20% pay cut and a 20% time cut. Yeah, they each get one day off a week, every week. Then with that extra 80% pay the company is saving, they hire a fifth 80% employee? Now the normal weekly work is spread out over 5 people, not four. And if you’ve ever had a 4-day workweek, you know that the same number of crises and work gets done in 4 days as in 5.
Now you’ve got an extra person to cover for you (or your teammates) when you take vacation. Your 80% work can be spread over 4 people rather than 100% of your work amongst 3 people.
Wait. What about mortgage and bills? Well, how about I live in a house that is 20% smaller, eat 20% less food, drive my car 20% less, etc etc. In fact, by working 1 day less a week, most folks will automatically drive 20% less. And maybe because of their day at home, they can pay for 20% less daycare?
Just a thought…