Just when you thought that Carlos Slim, Mexican Billionaire, business magnate, genius investor and the once-and-future richest man in the world, couldn’t get any cooler, well, he just became exponentially more awesome by adding “hero of the working man” to his massive list of titles. Why? Because he thinks that people should only have to work three days a week.
Three day work weeks? I’m listening, Mr. Slim.
At a business conference in Paraguay, Mr. Slim said that there needs to be a “radical overhaul” in the way people work: “With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life,” Slim said. “Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied.”
What a guy. What a freaking guy.
Of course, there’s a catch. Instead of retiring at around 60 or 65, workers should work well into their 70s, perhaps even until 75 or beyond. Which, honestly, is how old people are working these days, anyway. Between 401k Crises, cost of living increases, or your worthless children living at home until they’re 40, retiring at 65 is less of an expected inevitability and more of a pipe dream.
But maybe that’s just an issue in America. Telmex, one of Slim’s companies, just instituted a labor contract for workers to start at the company in their late teens and retire before they turn 50, with an option to work past retirement for four days a week, with full pay.
That Carlos Slim, what a nice man!