It’s a little hard to believe that the man who has amassed a $72bn fortune – making him the second-richest person in the world, after Bill Gates – would ever work only three days a week.
But that’s exactly what Carlos Slim is recommending to all of us.
The 74-year-old Mexican telco magnate told a conference that “with three work-days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life”, the FT and Paraguay.com report.
“Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied.”
Well, that’s for sure.
But it’s not all about slacking off and relaxing in Slim’s vision for a bold new working world.
He thinks that the three-day week should see people working “perhaps 11 hours a day” and working until they are 70 or 75, to keep up the overall productivity of the labour force.
That way, Slim believes, we could overcome the problem of our ageing population being out of work and short on cash, while creating a healthier and therefore more efficient workforce.
What do you think of Slim’s proposals?
Would a three-day work-week with longer days make us more productive?
Let me know @sophiehobson or in comments below
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