2011 May

Today: Money

robert.whaples

Employers rethinking five-day work week. Robert Whaples, a professor of economics at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. said the traditional five-day, 40-hour week simply has been in place too long to change it. Whaples said the move to the five-day week began in the 19th century, when a six-day workweek was more standard. Workers got Sunday off for religious reasons, but as the country’s affluence grew people wanted more leisure time. “The kind of jobs they were doing wore them out. It was tough physical labor on farms, in factories and mines,” Whaples said. “It made sense to have time off.”