Timesizing®
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Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt of the University of Iowa, with his masterful Work Without End, 1988, is our major history source for this page. Check out the mind-boggling variety of early designs.

Less work and more pay - what a crazy idea!  It'll NEVER happen!
- except for all those pesky working models...
- especially 1997-2001

Well, overlooking for a moment the fact we halved the workweek and (because of that reduction of labor surplus) doubled and tripled wages across the first three-quarters of American history (1776-1940 from 84 to 40 hrs/wk) and in advanced economies globally, there are a number of tough, competitive corporations that have been timesizing (cutting workweek instead of workforce) for decades with tremendous success and without downsizing.  The tremendous flexibility lent these firms by even their primitive forms of timesizing eliminates their compulsive dependence on growth.  Thus, literally thousands of them independently re-invent timesizing, not downsizing in every American, Japanese and European recession.  In the early Depression, the Industrial Conference Board, on the basis of a survey of 1,718 business executives in late 1931, estimated that fully half of American industry had shortened hours to save jobs - including Kellogg's, GM/Tarrytown, Sears Roebuck, Standard Oil/NJ, Ford, Hudson Motors, the American Cotton Manufacturers, the American Legion....  And this has quietly happened in every downturn since.  The reason is that many employers want to retain their corporate skill set, morale, employee innovation rate and their own best markets and customers' customers (= their own employees), and many employees don't want to see their colleagues and friends lose their jobs. 
Timesizing can be applied at any level, and here are some working models, at the macro (economies), micro (corporations) and nano (individuals) levels, current and historical -

Economywide (macroeconomic level) -

Corporations (micro-economic level) -

Individual persons ('nano-economic' level) -

Hundreds of thousands, probably millions of individuals, have cut their workweek for various reasons. Here are two examples -

Historical View

“But the unions will never go for it!”  Oh yeah?


For more details, see our laypersons' guide Timesizing, Not Downsizing, which is available online from *Amazon.com and at the Harvard Square Harvard Coop, 3rd floor, Mgmt and Economics sections, Cambridge, Mass.

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