Motivation

Advantages

Rules

Introduction Scenario

Drawbacks

Small steps in the direction of this reducement of paid work have been done for decades, opening the way to a society of "unpaid" work; work that is recompensed by "basic income". It is hoped that this basic income will increase over time (perhaps financed from machine, pollution, or energy taxes) and enable an even greater amount of free time than today.

Example for the time account of a typical office worker in Europe (Germany, 1998): weekends (52*2 days), religious and national holidays (6 days or more), vacation (30 days = "six weeks"), not to mention sick days.

Of the 365 or 366 days of a year, 52*2 + 6 + 30 = 140 days or 38 % are free time. For simplicity, 53-week years are not accounted for here; the argument remains unchanged in any case. Since the employers are unwilling to pay more total income, they partly do give time benefits. In the future this might amount to as much as an extra day per week. Assuming a six week vacation (24 work-days) we have 52*3 + 6 + 24 = 186 days or 51 % free time.

The following qualities of the Freetime calendar are desirable:

- By giving the employee the option to choose three free days within the week,
**flexibility**is gained. These days can be three in a row, thus forming a "long weekend", or two plus one (e.g. classical weekend plus free Wednesday), or can be sprinkled through the week with one or two days between the free time. - The employer can achieve
**better scheduling and machine run times**by spreading the workers over time. He will not have to pay weekend benefits, since enough people will want to have a free three-day shopping time mid-week and rather work on Sundays. - The Freetime calendar
**can be started at any day**, no special start day is necessary for its introduction. - Things can be planned in advance, while still maintaining
**more individual freedom to obey non-standard calendars**. - Thereby, the job will be seen as one of the activities of life that does not occupy "the best days". Since everyone chooses his freetime days,
**higher motivated and relaxed employees will do better work.** - The
**rules can be adjusted to the demands of the company**

There should be acknowledged procedures (mathematical, ombudsmen or otherwise) to minimize the overall amount of **time-stress** for the company. Time-stress happens, when employer or employee cannot realize desired freetime schedules. This will almost always happen, so a moderation of some sort is necessary. Different measures of time-stress will be developed for this purpose and tested for its usefulness in the company in question.

One of the simplest measures for time-stress is counting the number undesired days. E.g., if an employee has to work on a day she did not intend to, this counts one stress point. And vice versa, if she has to take free time where she doesn't want, this also counts one stress point. This system is debatable, of course. It might be replaced by a system that counts unwanted freetime different than unwanted worktime or more elaborate schemes that use weighting for days interrupting work or freetime stretches, percentages, or moving averages ... there are many possibilities, even benefit freetime days for too much time-stress!

The goal of all time-stress measurements is to minimize the overall time-stress to the company, so that it functions optimally. A new avenue for trade union work opens up.

These privileged workers will be highly specialized intelligent people that value individual expression. Some progressive service companies introduce the Freetime calendar first. Other firms, impressed by the increased productivity, follow suit.

The Saturday/Sunday "weekend" is eroded partly by law, only the Sunday remains relatively quiet (see drawbacks)

- Possible end of the "quiet weekend" (Saturday evening / Sunday) as all activities are allowed on all days in principle. At present, weekend work is limited by law in many European countries.
- Possible loss of time differentiation amidst the population: "each day is like the other". But as long as the week is known, this is very improbable.

Advice for those who already are in a position to make their own Freetime Calendar

Other Calendrics at this site.

Essays on mathematical themes.