There is more and more post-pandemic media coverage of the push, not only for four 10-hour-a-day work weeks, but also for four eight-hour-a-day work weeks for some workers in some industries and for some careers where it would be possible. We promised in the last column that we would take a preliminary look at this.

When it came to the expanded child tax credit, I suggested that you do yourself a favor, and don’t overthink it. When it comes to the growing movement for that four-day work week, and the interviews that I have heard with people who say they would be more efficient with that four-day work week, I have to admit that I cannot help but overthink it all.

I understand why many would prefer to work only four days per week, for many of the same reasons that many have expressed why they would prefer to work more, or exclusively, from home. However, I can’t help but wonder, if people believe they would be more efficient and productive working a four-day/eight-hour work week, and get paid the same amount as a five-day/40-hour work week, and some European studies support that, how did we go so wrong?