Au­to­ma­tion won’t lead to three-day week­end

Computer Active (UK) - - Letters -

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.

David Hodg­son

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