Would you want an extended work week ?

@ronnyb (6117)
Jamaica
February 22, 2009 11:26am CST
A local banker here on the island was trying to make it law that persons work an extended work week that is he wanted persons to work on a Saturday or Sunday or both.Many persons were opposed to the idea especially the Seventh Day Adventists who felt that it was in violation of their right to hold the sabbath holy . What do you think ,would you want such a law to be passed or do you think that the weekends are for family and worship ?The problem is I am not sure if it became law that you work on weekends if the the higher rate would apply ,that now obtains ? Your views are welcomed along with your reasons.Thank you in advance
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
22 Feb 09
I think that it is wrong to pass a law making working weekends mandatory. It should be a choice of everyone’s if they want to work weekends or not. Some people value their time off, without time off we would have no quality time to spend with our families or friends. Working hard like that would have effects on your health after a while and as the saying goes, "your health is your wealth".
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@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
23 Feb 09
Yes I think so too .I dont think that the employers are concerned about the welfare of their employees just their bottome line.They wouldnt mind if you can work for an entire year without as much as a days break.Like you said working for such long periods is surely going to affet your mental and physical health
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@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I lived an extended work week for the last 10 years. We worked 6 days a week constantly. The 40 hour week was considered a fluke that we cherished. It was hell. I was always sick, going to the doctor, and feeling exhausted. But still showing up to work. 7 days made it even worse, especially since we worked 10 hour days. So, no, I'd never, ever agree if I had a choice.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
22 Feb 09
That is so true woking non stop can have a really bad effect on your health and when you do have a day off, you can be too tired to do anything.
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
22 Feb 09
i wouldn't like that at all & don't think it would be fair to people. when you work all u have to look forward to are your days off. what kind of dork is he??
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@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
23 Feb 09
Yes it wouldnt be fair ,imagine after working five days a week to have to do it again on saturday or sunday .This would mean that you would get very little rest as you now have .I mean on the weekend you rest so that you can continue the beat again on monday .I wouldnt want it either at least not on an extended basis
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• United States
22 Feb 09
Do you mean to work seven days a week? If so I think that would be a mistake and detrimental to a person's health. However if you only mean should working on the Sabbath be law then I think for many people their 5 or six day week schedule already encompasses these days. Just think of the millions of businesses that are open on Saturdays and Sundays and they all need to staffed.
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@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
22 Feb 09
Well I didnt think about the many businesses that work on a saturday ,but this guy wanted to make it mandatory that persons should work on a saturday as they would a normal work day .And I think he was talking about other institutions like banks ,government instituions etc.Thanks for your insight .
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• New Zealand
23 Feb 09
I would have no problem with working a Saturday or Sunday AS LONG AS I was still only working 5 days per week. If this local banker is trying to increase the standard working week to 6 days from 5 that's crazy! Overtime (anything over 40 hours/5 days) should be optional.
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@sanuanu (11235)
• India
23 Feb 09
No, no, no. Not at all. Two days leave is what I am looking for and I can't work even 6 days. I quit a job where they were extending job days in a week. I work for 9 hours every day but I can't work more than 5 days in a week.
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@lynnemg (4538)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I think that we all need at least one day a week to rest. I also think that working more than five days a week should be a personal; decision, but I know many people who frequently work six days a week. A five day work week should be plenty for most of us and we shouldn't be forced to work more than that. Typically, a five day work week equals a forty hour work week. If hours worked per day were decreased, therefore, giving a person more free time each day, a six day work week may not be so bad.
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@lelin1123 (15636)
• Puerto Rico
26 Apr 09
NO WAY! Most Employers don't appreciate their employees to work 6 or 7 days a week give me a break. I want a job that I work 3 or 4 days and willing to work 10 hours so I can have the time off. Ideal would be working Tuesday - Thursday 10 hours a day, 30 hours good enough for me. Saturday and Sunday's are for family time.
• United States
23 Feb 09
they pretty much do that where i live anyway. certain jobs it's mandatory you work one or the other day.or they don't hire you. or they'll stagger a two week period to where they can schedule you 11 days in a row,barely skirting the law. if you work 6 days,they'll make it so you don't get 40 hours,so no overtime. i'd rather work 3 days of doubles than 6 days stretched out so i can't do anything else. the people who wanted sunday off for church were basically told if you can't work it,don't take the job.
@UK_Shree (3604)
23 Feb 09
No definitely not!!! Most people that I know can't wait for the weekend to come round because that's the only time they get to spend with friends and family. I think it would be bad in so many ways to work a full week or even to make it compulsory to work 6 days every week.
@suzzy3 (8353)
23 Feb 09
My husband already does work weekends but he gets days off in the week instead.People have worked this way in this country for years.Some times people only work friday to monday so the enhanced rate of pay does not exist.My husband does get a good bonus for working weekends as his union is good and it does make a difference to the pay.You do lose family time,that is why we go away in our caravan so often every school holiday we go off somewhere to spend time together as a family.We are not church goers so the religious side of it is not so important to us.I do feel for people who attend church for worship as they may have to choose between earning a living and their worship,a bit of a dilemma for some.It is the way the world is going to have a job that pays enough to live on is a bit of a luxury for some at the moment.I do beleave working sundays was the down fall of the family unit but it is either that or not working at all for some like us.Dads were always home when the kids were and no one wanted to get into trouble when Dad was about.Not many of us can claim to be parenting properly at the moment.We just have to do our best,luckily our son who is fifteen maybe moody and rude but he studies hard at school and has not inclination to run the streets or get into trouble.There are simply not enough men about to keep some of the kids undercontrol so if you can fight this extended working week have a go.As it has more social implications then most people realise.xxx
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I don't normally work weekends, except this time of year. I prepare taxes and from January through mid-April I work well over 40 hours a week. I'll be working Saturdays in addition to the regular week starting this weekend, and I'll even work Sundays from the end of March through the middle of April. But, for me this is only a short time. I used to work in a restaurant and I worked weekends all the time - people like to go out to dine out on the weekends so someone's got to be working to serve them. Stores are open on the weekends, and people have to work there too. It mainly depends on the business.
@spidyan (133)
• Philippines
23 Feb 09
For me 5 days a week is good enough not 7 days, because you need to have time for your family and for yourself.
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I've read where they are thinking about starting a 4 day work week at some places. It would increase the hours worked per day to 10 instead of 8. The main purpose was to cut down on travel expenses to and from work. They were also talking about extending the school term to 12 months a year. I don't think the students or teachers would be in favor of that, but it would keep kids off of the streets during the summer months and possibly cut down on crime a little bit. I don't know that either will pass. So it looks like they are thinking about going the opposite direction here.