But University of Houston Professor says study is off base
We’d all like to work less. We’d all like to have more time off. And we’d all like to help save the planet. A new study suggests we should be doing all three of these things at the same time.
The Center for Economic and Policy Research says going to a four day work week would cut down on carbon emissions and reduce global warming. But not everyone is buying in. Larry Bell of the University of Houston and Forbes says that the report is off base.
“That’s insanity. Any human contribution to any warming or cooling has never been measured. No one has ever come up with a measurement for that as much as they might want to claim otherwise,” Bell explained.
When it’s all said and done, Bell says the study just doesn’t make sense to him.
“Give me a break. There is no climate crisis. Any other reason to cut down on the work week is fine. But leave climate out of it,” Bell stated flatly.
Human resources consultant Jonathan Scales says most companies aren't going to buy in, either.
“Most companies are very concerned with the bottom line. Unless there’s a good argument that supports the bottom line, companies many times won’t make a change,” Scales explained.
Scales points out some companies have already gone to a four-day work week and it hasn’t affected carbon emissions.
“We’ve seen a lot of companies go to four, ten-hour work days as opposed to five, eight-hour work days,” Scales said.
So if you think your work week is going to shrink anytime soon, you're probably going to be very disappointed.