Instigator / Pro
12
1429
rating
58
debates
27.59%
won
Topic

Weekends Should be 3 days Long Instead

Status
Finished

All stages have been completed. The voting points distribution and the result are presented below.

Arguments points
3
6
Sources points
6
4
Spelling and grammar points
3
3
Conduct points
0
3

With 3 votes and 4 points ahead, the winner is ...

TNBinc
Parameters
More details
Publication date
Last update date
Category
Miscellaneous
Time for argument
Two days
Voting system
Open voting
Voting period
Two weeks
Point system
Four points
Rating mode
Rated
Characters per argument
5,000
Contender / Con
16
1534
rating
4
debates
75.0%
won
Description
~ 84 / 5,000

Weekend: the end of the week

Day: A full rotation of the earth relative to its axis

Round 1
Pro
Oxford study says 3 day weekend would make people happier and more productive. (https://www.businessinsider.co.za/4-day-week-could-make-people-happier-more-productive-oxford-study-2018-10#:~:text=A%20new%20study%20from%20Oxford,tentative%20benefits%20to%20this%20system.) The logic is that the balance of work and rest is better, allowing people to do their job better. This has been shown in real world examples: 
"Utah implemented a 3-day weekend for state employees. After 10 months, they were able to save $1.8 million in energy costs. Other companies, like San Francisco based startup iBeat, used the 3-day weekend to recruit top talent. The 3-day weekend has also been linked to reducing time off requests by 9% and increased overall productivity. KFC Japan was able to retain more employees, particularly stay at home moms, after implementing a 3 day off initiative." (https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelritlop/2017/04/20/why-every-weekend-should-be-a-three-day-weekend/#4ea0bd4241a2

Vacations do not fix the problem. It's been said that 87% Americans prefer the 3 day weekend, as they tend to work longer and harder after the vacation anyways, putting stress on their productivity. "Americans forfeited a collective 212 million vacation days in 2017, equivalent to $62.2 billion in lost benefits." https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/13/87percent-of-workers-prefer-a-3-day-weekend-over-extended-vacations.html It would be better for the companies to simply give them three day weekends instead. 

People are able to make up for the days that they weren't working. When working is more focused on a few days, they're encouraged to do more, as they have more time to rest. It only seems logical that the weekend should be three days long.
Con
Argument

I am arguing weekends should be standardized as 2 consecutive days, like how it is now. 

A 4 day work week may add an extra weekend; however, it will make a weekday 10 hours of work instead of the normal 8 hours. This can be stressful for some people; in fact, some people are already finding an 8 hour work week stressful.

Rebuttals (also a part of my Argument)

PRO says “The logic is that the balance of work and rest is better, allowing people to do their job better.”

This doesn’t really make sense. Sure, it will add another weekend; however, the “balance of work and rest” is not balanced during work days.

A 40 hour work week crunched into 4 days makes 10 hours of work and 14 hours of everything else. Assuming there are 8 hours of sleep, that is only 6 hours of rest, instead of the 8 hours of rest that will be there on a 5 day work week.

A 10 hour work day is also bad for health. According to Augusta Statz on SimpleMost.com, “Those who reported working 10 hours or more had a 29% greater risk of having a stroke in their lifetime”. According to David K. William on Lifehack.org, “The risk of heart disease increases markedly by 67% for people who work long hours compared to people who work the standard 7-8 hours a day”. This means a 10 hour work day is not only bad for one’s work/rest cycle, but also for their health.

PRO says “When working is more focused on a few days, they're encouraged to do more, as they have more time to rest.”

Who says that they were focused? According to Chris Weller on Businessinsider.com, “Some research has found people can only concentrate for about 20 minutes at a time.” This means that even if the work day was extended to 10 hours, workers may not be focused when working. 

I look forward to your arguments in the following rounds.

Citations (APA style):

Statz, Augusta. “This Study Says Working A 10-Hour Day Increases Your Risk Of A Stroke.” Simplemost, 21 June 2019, www.simplemost.com/10-hour-workdays-increase-your-stroke-risk-study-finds/#:~:text=According%20to%20a%20French%20study. Accessed 31 July 2020.

William, David K. “10 Reasons You Should Stop Working Long Hours Today.” Lifehack, Lifehack, 18 Sept. 2013, www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-reasons-you-should-stop-working-long-hours-today.html.

Weller, Chris. “Forget the 9 to 5 — Research Suggests There’s a Case for the 3-Hour Workday.” Business Insider, 26 Sept. 2017, www.businessinsider.com/8-hour-workday-may-be-5-hours-too-long-research-suggests-2017-9#:~:text=Forget%20the%209%20to%205. Accessed 31 July 2020.

Round 2
Pro
My opponent is moving the goal post and inferring that you must keep the 40 hour overall rate and disperse it across only 4 days. There's no support that the companies that gave a three day weekend forced their workers to extend their hours. Changing the work day from 8 to 10 hours is of course a bad idea. I already stated before that even losing 8 hours that the workers could have spent in the 5th day compensate for it with the more productive 32 hours spent across the four days. That's why it's increasing productivity. My opponent isn't making sense here and is making inferences that are contradictory to the examples that I already listed.  
Con
Rebuttals

Pro says
My opponent isn't making sense here and is making inferences that are contradictory to the examples that I already listed.  
You did not specify that. All you said is that a 3 day weekend is good, it saves energy, increases productivity, and there are less requests for time off in round 1.

Pro says
I already stated before that even losing 8 hours that the workers could have spent in the 5th day compensate for it with the more productive 32 hours spent across the four days. 
Things I would like to say:

  1. Think about it: there are already people in most jobs to ensure a worker is productive. There are ways such as progress reports, time-cards, and meetings.
  2. Employees are paid by the hour. A job will be reduced by 20% due to this.
    • Sure, there is the idea of paying them the same. However, I previously said that there are many ways to ensure a worker is productive. So, why would you make a $30 per hour job into a $40 hour job? This could decrease a business's profits. I'm not trying to be greedy here but this method could have some drawbacks.
Also, please define "should" in the title: is it a mandate or is it optional? I assume you said it is a mandate.

Argument
With a three day weekend, not only are you impacting businesses but you are also impacting schools.

Schools have to cover an entire year's syllabus in about 9 months. If you say that 1/5 time is another weekend, you are essentially making school even longer (about 11.25 months)

Also, you can't "skip" school like you can "skip" a business.

I look forward to your argument in the next and final round.
Round 3
Pro
Forfeited
Con
Unfortunately, my opponent has forfeited this last round. With this, I am unable to provide additional rebuttals to PRO's argument.

Let me use this round to sum up.

Pro's said weekends should be extended to 3 days to help businesses making employees be more productive. Pro believes the work week should be 32 hours instead of 40 However, this has the following drawbacks:
  • There are already ways businesses can ensure employees are productive such as time cards, meetings, and progress reports.
    • I would like to add that tasks provided by businesses are analyzed by an experienced person in that field as to how long a task should take. The employee will have these many days to complete that task unless there is a legitimate exception.
  • Employees are paid by the hour, and making a business only work for 4 instead of 5 days per week will reduce the pay of an employee by 20%
    • Although there may be the solution of making an employee's be 5/4 (to compensate the same amount of pay for a 4 day work week as to that of a 5 day work week) that of normal, the business may lose money because the employees are being paid more than in a 5 day work week.
  • Schools will also be impacted with this. School is on average 9 months; if 1/5 of the school week is a weekend, school will be much longer (about 11.25 months).
    • One cannot skip school due to education gaps.

And lastly...

Vote CON!