Automation won’t lead to three-day weekend
As the owner of a small business, I shook my head in disbelief reading Ryan Briggs’s Star Letter in Issue 513 (‘Rise of robots should lead to three-day weekend’). His argument that automation will allow companies to give employees three-day weekends overlooks the point of introducing technology in the first place – to make business more efficient.
Let me explain. When I implement new technology in my business, I obviously want it to save one of two things: time or money (and preferably both). The time and money saved don’t vanish in a puff of smoke. Instead, I think of new things that can be done in the time saved, and new things that can be bought (or staff employed) with the money saved. Growing my business is what counts, not automating processes to give my workers more holiday.
Unlike Mr Briggs, I consider a two-day weekend plenty, particularly given the five weeks of holiday most employees get. In informal moments I’ve discussed this with my staff, and they all say that three-day weekends should stay as bank-holiday treats, not become the norm.