We could move to a more complicated system of alternating work and rest – which includes family life, bringing up children and assorted things that make the world and the people in it work without directly making lizard richer.
But it needs a better quality of thought than any the current UK Government has ever displayed to make it work.
Consider: 2 people in 7 of you – that’s you sir, you madam, and the chap 9th in place down that line and so on – Your week no longer starts on Monday, it starts on Wednesday for half of you, and Thursday for the others.
Of the other 5 in 7 of you, 1 of you now has their Monday on Saturday, and another 1 has it on Sunday.
That leaves 3 of you to do the work that used to need 5 people working together on each day. Including Sat and Sun.
You only need to do 5/7 as much work each day, so that’s OK if you all did the same thing – moving stuff or whatever.
But if you did a job that needed 7 different people (but particular people, not randoms: Adam, Brian, Clarisse, Diana, Eudoxus, Frank and Georg/ina let us say) standing or sitting next to each other or in the same building at the same time or even able to exchange emails quickly to sort out stock levels, customer service, the assembly of an engine or how to analyse complex multi-dimensional data in real-time then you are suddenly stuffed.
No, you can’t just carry on the way generations of your forebears have done, because we have a conservative and unionist government which is not going to conserve any old ways of working just because they have been arrived at over generations and people like them, any more than it is going to keep up union of England with the rest of Europe (and that means you, you Scots. My mother left me a Mackintosh, I may start wearing that tartan).
So … you work in a nice small firm/hospital of a convenient size and place … shut it. Combine with another 2 of the same to make something that can skew its teams over the 7 days.
it won’t fit on any of the existing sites? Well no. Nor will that hospital be in the right place for the 3 times as big catchment area.
So knock them down and build them again, bigger, mostly elsewhere.
Yes sir, that is indeed In Your Back Yard. And the traffic will be coming down your road as well.
Are you getting a hint that some of us have been thinking about this for 30 years… and that none of those people are Jeremy Hunt MP? Nor his Treasure of a friend or Prime Minister?
Check the arithmetic. Feel free to disagree over quantum.