What most people don’t know is that the eight-hour workday is an outdated standard that was first introduced in 1866. In 1914, Henry Ford cut the workday in half to boost productivity and reduce turnover among factory workers.
Unfortunately, the eight-hour workday hasn’t budged since. Never mind that the Information Age represents the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution and that family structures have changed dramatically since the early 1900s.
Workers still get in their cars every morning, clog up the freeways and do it again at night. Mondays are dreaded. Wednesdays are "hump days." Friday mornings bring relief because they’re the final push before the weekend.
The idea that workers are expected to endure 70% of their week so they can enjoy the other 30% is collective insanity.