Saudi Arabia and a 4-day workweek?

Saudi Arabia and a 4-day workweek?

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With proudly owning probably the most useful firm on the planet, Saudi ARAMCO citing gains and profits of $161 billion USD last year (driving oil costs up 46% from the Ukraine-Russian battle), Saudi Arabia leaks information that its authorities could think about including a 4-day work week because the norm. This follows the United Arab Emirates which launched a 4.5 day workweek in January, 2022.

“The prolonged weekend comes as a part of the UAE authorities’s efforts to spice up work-life steadiness and improve social wellbeing, whereas growing efficiency to advance the UAE’s financial competitiveness,” mentioned UAE state information company WAM.

The Saudi announcement got here in response to an inquiry on Twitter to the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development which famous (in Arabic) that it’s contemplating the transfer to a 3-day weekend as nicely. According to the Arabic each day newspaper Al Madina, the Saudi ministry is taking a deep dive wanting into its present present labor market, one we must always notice which is fraught with human rights violations (loads of African housemaid movies on Youtube), and it’ll decide from there.

With Saudi Arabia’s development of mega-projects as a part of the Saudi Vision 2030, initiatives like Neom, The Line, Trojena ski hills in the desert, and a new Kabaa in Riyadh called the Mukaab, Saudi Arabia is processing exhausting the the explanation why and the way anybody from the surface world will wish to work and stay there. To fulfill its mission of being a technological famous person it’s going to must create a number of million Saudi tech geeks  and lure tons of of hundreds of expert and educated foreigners into the labor pressure. 

What motivates individuals to work past cash? Making an affect on the world, having fun with your office and having the ability to spend a substantial quantity of useful break day work in leisure, play, hobbies and hanging out with the household. The 4-day work week is a more sustainable solution for the planet. And research and pilots in Europe counsel individuals can do as a lot in 32 hours as they’ll spreading it out over 40+.

We do hope to see nevertheless that these 4-day workweeks trickle right down to family workers, which complain of being held hostage and working unreasonable hours.  Construction employees are exploited as nicely, Human Rights Watch experiences, as Saudi works to create a brighter future for its individuals and the world. 

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