Re: Fight Unemployment With Job Sharing
Interesting Concept, Thomas, but as you say, it sounds a little more sci-fi than reality - at least for the near future. Most companies (not to mention employees) will scoff at the idea as a real solution, and most job regulation seems to have some trouble hitting it's intended target. For example, the recent healthcare act which mandated that employees who work over 30 hours must get health insurance casued only one outcome many places - reduce everyone's house to exactly 29. That's a bit too easy of a loophole, don't you think? We need something a little more comprehensive to fix employment problems in 2014.
Seeing the headline with 'Google CEO' affixed to the front made me thing "wow, what a strange idea... but maybe if someone like Google is behind it, it will pick up some steam." - after all, they've coined all kinds of strange employment rules, like their famous '20% rule'. Of course, it turned out the reality is that this is not a real suggestion from the top at Google, just a pie-in-the-sky idea that was brought up during an interview; a thought exercise. If Google really adopts a policy like that, then we'll have something else entirely to talk about it, but as it stands, there's still some value in someone important bringing up the idea. At least it gets us thinking about something that's going to be a very real issue for us and our children.