Five Day Weekends an Answer to Work Life Balance

Are the Friends of the Five Day Weekend carrying this work-life balance thing a bit too far?

The stated goal of The Five Day Weekend Movement is:

“We want to reverse the U.S. workweek so that Americans clock in for two good days of work, followed by five well-earned days off.

Why? Because overwork has become a major problem for Americans, and it’s getting worse by the year. The two-day weekend was created in 1930, and despite decades of unparalleled technology growth, our people are actually working more and more each year.

Check out the stats:

  • Americans wasted more than 570 million vacation days in 2006
  • Unlike 96 other countries, the U.S. has no law governing vacations
  • U.S. workers receive an average of 14 vacation days but only use 10 a year
  • By comparison, French workers receive 39 vacation days, and Germans get 27
  • Americans have increasingly worked more days a year since World War II
  • A nine-year university study recently found that not taking vacation can increase the chance of heart attack or coronary disease.
  • In 2006, members of the U.S. Congress clocked 104 days in session -€“ which means they worked exactly two days a week.

We want to stop this trend and begin to reverse it. So we’re aiming high and going for a Five Day Weekend.”

As Tim Nudd at points out, it is™ a clever tourism promotion brilliantly designed to entice you to vacation in Asheville, NC, for five days at a time if at all possible.

What do you tell your boss about your desire for a five day weekend? Here’s Ron McCrerey, Campaign Director for Friends of The Five Day Weekend:

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