Work from home, create jobs
With all these collective agreements due for negotiation soon in British Columbia, I would like to propose two ideas which I feel will improve the quality of life of workers.
The first is encouraging telecommuting or working from home. This is good for the environment with less congestion on the roads and public transit.
Employees would have better and longer sleep and arguably be more productive on the job working flexible hours when they are at their peak.
The second is providing full-time government employees with the “option” of working half-time. This will result in more time off to spend with their families, a lower tax bracket for employees, and it would free up a lot more jobs for new workers.
It’s a great way to redistribute the employment wealth during these tough economic times.
Yes, government employees would have to learn how to live on marginally less income but this does not mean they will suffer from a lower quality of life.
Maybe this will result in a shift in our consumer spending priorities leading to new innovation, market ideas, and more affordable goods and services.