Europe: Rethinking Work

With 35-hour work weeks and two months annual vacation, Europeans work much less than Americans. “From the 1970’s until recently, Europe followed a philosophy of less is more when it came to labor, with the result that Europeans work an average of 10 percent fewer hours a year than Americans.” But the realization is dawning that less work might not be working. “We have created a leisure society, while the Americans have created a work society. But our model does not work anymore. We are in the process of rethinking it.”