Monday, March 09, 2009

The eight hour day

Amongst other aniversaries, today is the day we celebrate the introduction of the eight hour day.
Not, I hasten to add, in the UK, but in Australia it's a big deal.
For it was there on this day in 1856 that masons and building workers downed tools and made their way through the town, advocating a day based on 8 hours work, 8 hours sleep and 8 hours recreation.
Nowadays, of course, lots of us spend 2-3 hours commuting, 6 hours sleep,6 hours working and 9 - 10 hours recreation.
And yes I know that's more than 24 hours, but it takes in all the time we are at work, but not actually working.
Recent time motion study discovered:In a typical working day, staff spend 55 minutes gossiping, 16 minutes flirting, 14 minutes surfing...Aren't u lucky you use a virtual assistant?!

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