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View Wisbech Eagle's Profile Wisbech Eagle Flag Truro Cornwall 11 Apr 22 1.58pm Send a Private Message to Wisbech Eagle Add Wisbech Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by BlueJay

Belgium approves four-day week and gives employees the right to ignore their bosses after work - [Link]

"Workers in Belgium will soon be able to choose a four-day week under a series of labour market reforms announced on Tuesday.

The reform package agreed by the country's multi-party coalition government will also give workers the right to turn off work devices and ignore work-related messages after hours without fear of reprisal.

"We have experienced two difficult years. With this agreement, we set a beacon for an economy that is more innovative, sustainable and digital. The aim is to be able to make people and businesses stronger," Belgian prime minister Alexander de Croo told a press conference announcing the reform package."

Edited by BlueJay (11 Apr 2022 1.41pm)

My wife works in the NHS, and she can work a 3-day working week. 3 "long" days, each of 12.5 hours. Because of staff shortages, most nurses generally work 4, many work 5 and some "international" nurses work 7.

In my own business career, as the MD of the UK subsidiary of a German business, the owner insisted I had my "handy" (mobile) with me at all times and thought nothing of calling at any time that suited him, and made no apologies for it. There were a few awkward moments! I was very well paid, though, so put up with it!

 

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View BlueJay's Profile BlueJay Flag UK 11 Apr 22 2.00pm Send a Private Message to BlueJay Add BlueJay as a friend

Originally posted by Nicholas91

That's nothing BlueJay, in Lewisham, we had a zero days working week for decades. There's a few middle classes barging in now a ruining the Utopia however.

. Yes, some are very much enamored with the zero day work week; they help to sustain the pot noodle and high strength cider economy.

 

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View BlueJay's Profile BlueJay Flag UK 11 Apr 22 2.06pm Send a Private Message to BlueJay Add BlueJay as a friend

Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

My wife works in the NHS, and she can work a 3-day working week. 3 "long" days, each of 12.5 hours. Because of staff shortages, most nurses generally work 4, many work 5 and some "international" nurses work 7.

In my own business career, as the MD of the UK subsidiary of a German business, the owner insisted I had my "handy" (mobile) with me at all times and thought nothing of calling at any time that suited him, and made no apologies for it. There were a few awkward moments! I was very well paid, though, so put up with it!

Those poor international nurses.

And yes, I too have to always be 'available' to contact. It can mean that you're never really 'off' from work mode, but as you say if it's worth your while it can make sense and there are plenty in much worse positions so I can't complain. It's good some countries are shifting the power balance a little more towards the worker though!

The 4 day work week does seem like a very useful approach in my view, even if those days have a little more packed into them. To know that a good portion of the week is your own time would be freeing, and allows to you plan well deserved time with family and friends, rather than a life stuck in the rat race.


Edited by BlueJay (11 Apr 2022 3.29pm)

 

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Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

My wife works in the NHS, and she can work a 3-day working week. 3 "long" days, each of 12.5 hours. Because of staff shortages, most nurses generally work 4, many work 5 and some "international" nurses work 7.

In my own business career, as the MD of the UK subsidiary of a German business, the owner insisted I had my "handy" (mobile) with me at all times and thought nothing of calling at any time that suited him, and made no apologies for it. There were a few awkward moments! I was very well paid, though, so put up with it!

Try working for an American company, they think your entire life belongs to them, weekends included. Many have to work there way up to a massive 3 weeks holiday a year, but the companies generously allow the occasional duvet day!

 

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Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

My wife works in the NHS, and she can work a 3-day working week. 3 "long" days, each of 12.5 hours. Because of staff shortages, most nurses generally work 4, many work 5 and some "international" nurses work 7.

In my own business career, as the MD of the UK subsidiary of a German business, the owner insisted I had my "handy" (mobile) with me at all times and thought nothing of calling at any time that suited him, and made no apologies for it. There were a few awkward moments! I was very well paid, though, so put up with it!

Are we talking one armed pressups wissie

 

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View Wisbech Eagle's Profile Wisbech Eagle Flag Truro Cornwall 11 Apr 22 7.59pm Send a Private Message to Wisbech Eagle Add Wisbech Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by BlueJay

Those poor international nurses.

And yes, I too have to always be 'available' to contact. It can mean that you're never really 'off' from work mode, but as you say if it's worth your while it can make sense and there are plenty in much worse positions so I can't complain. It's good some countries are shifting the power balance a little more towards the worker though!

The 4 day work week does seem like a very useful approach in my view, even if those days have a little more packed into them. To know that a good portion of the week is your own time would be freeing, and allows to you plan well deserved time with family and friends, rather than a life stuck in the rat race.


Edited by BlueJay (11 Apr 2022 3.29pm)

Many of the international nurses seek the extra shifts, and with the pressures the NHS are under, they get them. It worries me, as not taking any breaks at all cannot be either safe or healthy. They still need to eat, sleep and do their shopping and laundry. What a lot of people don't understand is the pressure they are under. Not just from the work, but from the need to send money back home. Their family may have incurred large debts to put them through university, and these need to be paid back. Their remittances will often feed many people. I have known 50 mouths reliant on one income and with the price of food skyrocketing, that pressure is increasing.

The 3/4 day shifts are great though because you can manipulate them to get 7 or 8 days off and take mini breaks.

 

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View Wisbech Eagle's Profile Wisbech Eagle Flag Truro Cornwall 11 Apr 22 8.01pm Send a Private Message to Wisbech Eagle Add Wisbech Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by cryrst

Are we talking one armed pressups wissie

No, two. Aka horizontal jogging!!

 

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Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

No, two. Aka horizontal jogging!!

You showoff

 

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View BlueJay's Profile BlueJay Flag UK 07 May 22 4.14pm Send a Private Message to BlueJay Add BlueJay as a friend

Turtles helping each other in times of need - [Link]

Not exactly news, but still

 

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View BlueJay's Profile BlueJay Flag UK 07 May 22 5.00pm Send a Private Message to BlueJay Add BlueJay as a friend

man trains kid and helps him lose weight - [Link]

was a crazy size beforehand

 

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