Here’s my conversation with Maria Konnikova about her New Yorker essay, “Why Not A Three Day Work Week?” It’s an idea that came from Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim, but could it work in America?

Considering how many of us feel like we’re already on the job 24/7 because our smartphones keep us in touch with work and colleagues and clients day and night, it seems impossible to cut back. But Konnikova argues that most people who have five-day-a-week jobs aren’t actually working during all those hours they put in at the office, so perhaps we need to convert to a system of only working as long as it takes to get the job done. Of course, there are many occupations that could not apply to — emergency room nurse, Chipotle clerk, teacher, radio host — but there are plenty of others that could.

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