Monday, April 25, 2016

Getting To Know Me: 17...

It's another Monday post of GTKM! Hooray!

I hope you all had a good weekend.

So this week's question is:

If you were ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce?

That's easy. Shorter work weeks! I mean, really, other countries have implemented this. Or at least certain businesses. I think a shorter work week would make people more productive. You've got 4 days a week to get stuff done and 3 days to recuperate, regroup, unwind, de-stress.

As Americans, I think we, as a whole, work way too hard. We're all striving to keep up with so much... well, crap. We're consumers, I mean, hard core consumers. We camp out in line at stores for the latest and greatest of the newest gadget that we don't even really need. We give thanks on Thanksgiving for all the things we have, yet we're out the door at 3 a.m. the next morning (or even later on Thanksgiving night) to buy more stuff.

People end up having to run errands on the weekends or doing all their chores that they don't get done during the week. There's very little time to connect with family and rest and relax before having to turn around and do it all over again.

I am, by no means, a lazy worker. I have a pretty strong work ethic, but it breaks my heart to see those close to me working harder and harder to scrape out a living and they don't even get a chance to truly LIVE.

How about you? If you were a ruler of your own country, what would be your first law? Leave me a comment!


Arlee Bird said...

Shorter work weeks sound nice, but I guess it depends on the job and the business you're working for. When I was working road shows I didn't mind when we worked every day since the work was fun and I enjoyed what I was doing. In the jobs where I was managing the place, there were times when the work was hard and the hours were long, but being the guy in charge it was just part of what I had to do.

If I felt like just a cog in a machine though where the days could get by without me then I'd certainly prefer less hours and less days. It really comes down to circumstance I think.

I'd have to think on the what I would do first if I were the guy in charge of a country. Rather than pass any new laws I'd review everything currently on the books and see what needed to be enforced better and what laws needed to be gotten rid of. No point in adding new laws to a system if it is already overly complex like in the U.S.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd implement a flat tax rate. Everyone pays ten percent no matter what.

Mel Chesley said...

Arlee, you are a wise man, indeed! No reason to over complicate the already complicated!

Alex, I think that would be a smart move, too. :)

Thanks for your comments!