Timesizing, Not Downsizing
Timesizing ®  not downsizing
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TIMESIZING means more jobs due to shorter hours, and higher pay because you cut resumé pileups. It means cutting workweeks to spread work (& markets), instead of cutting jobs (& markets!). Its emergency form, WORK SHARING, is already saving jobs. It's the missing plan of *youth, *women,*blacks, *Occupiers, *G8, *ClubofRome, *Bucky, *Chomsky, *Greens, *3rdWay, *UN, *WB, *IMF...
Un(der)employed? Irked by all these eternal megaprobs & bored with the same ol' *crises? Well here's one fully developed solution, Timesizing. Its 5 phases provide a pattern for upgrades & an improving regional, national & global future of 500 years. To save the world, you can't start with hunger: no one with money is hungry; you can't start with poverty: no one with a good job is poor. Take care of JOBS and the rest of the economy will take care of itself. This is the oldest & biggest website on achieving full employment. We have 11 years of quantitative & anecdotal data, with all standard objections answered. Most of our comments are qikis - saving the world has gotta be fun this time! We're retro with steampunk text but we load fast. Timesizing itself is an economic design for sustainable, market-based jobs by making the workweek lower while making high tech higher. See also our time trilogy.
    August 27, 2014, Wednesday's news, on Tue's events: more valium, based on trend-drowned up-arcs, from media moguls who can't cloak unsettling signs of a diagonally downward spiral, despite tilt from overly forgiving economic indexes, all tracked in our doom du jour section right below our hope du jour = small beginnings of real recovery -

      hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
          (free consulting to writers interested in setting novels or plays with higher technology and lower workweeks, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
      Google Search newsclips of what the world is doing right - and our latest ranking of leading countries: The core solution is so obvious, it's below the radar. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper. It's our closest candidate to the "Holy Grail" of economic design, the Single All-Sufficient Regulation, and despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized and yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses and governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
    1. Work sharing gains support as alternative to layoffs, HeraldBulletin.com
      INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., USA — ...At least 27 states [we've heard 28] have implemented similar programs, known as “work sharing,” which are credited for reducing the number of workers unemployed during the 2008 recession... Retaining jobs in a downturn is not only critical for workers, said the senior VP of Subaru Indiana, “but to retain those skills is critical to the state of Indiana.”... “How do we not have enough brains to make this work?” said Rep. Chuck Mosely (D-Portage) tersely... - see whole article under today's date.
    2. Unpredictable Work Hours Are Stressing Too Many People Out, Harvard Business Review via blogs.hbr.org
      CAMBRIDGE, Mass., USA - ...Those who have been influential in demanding workplaces with greater flexibility need to think holistically about what happens next.\. Retail workers are often forced to work hours that may seem flexible but in truth are just highly variable... Leaders in work redesign not only have to make work more flexible, but make work hours more predictable. - see whole article under today's date.
      [AND more spread-around - shorter hours per person - to include more employee-consumers, unless ever-shrinking domestic markets are the goal.]
    3. Koreans Work 2nd-Longest Hours among OECD Nations, KoreaBizwire.comBR> SEOUL, South Korea - ...Generally, relatively wealthy Western European countries such as the Netherlands, Norway (1,408 hours), Denmark (1,411 hours) and France (1,489 hours) had shown to have comparably shorter working hours... - see whole article under today's date.
      [Are the control freaks in the executive suites of relatively poor nations everywhere else learning anything from relatively wealthy Western European countries about paradoxically beneficial shorter hours, or do they actually want to be big fish in unnecessarily small ponds forever?]
    4. Sunday a day off in Israel? Tel Aviv brokers hope so - Stock exchange could be the first major institution in Israel to adopt the Western M-F 5-day workweek, Startup Israel via TimesOfIsrael.com
      TEL AVIV, Israel - ...In the coming days, the management of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange [TASE] will present a plan to members that would have the exchange close on Sunday, and the current Friday day off would become a regular work day. The TASE would open as usual at 9:30, and close at 2:00 in the afternoon Fridays, taking into account the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath before sundown... - see whole article under today's date.
      [So, one full day off (Sunday) replaced by one partial day on (Friday) - sounds like a shorter workweek to me = 3 hours shorter? (from Sun.9-5? to Friday 9-2?)]
    5. Two-day weekend stays, ArabNews.com
      JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - ...The Council of Saudi Chambers had objected to the two-day weekend, saying such a move would lead to huge losses among construction, operation and maintenance businesses, especially contract-based government projects that are based on 48-hour work weeks.\. “Two-day weekends and 40-hour work weeks are still part of the new draft labor law,” said Tayseer Al-Mufarrej, ministry spokesman, in response to a report published by an Arabic newspaper... The Shoura Council had endorsed a proposal to reduce weekly working hours in the private sector from 45 to 40 with a two-day weekend at the end of last year.
      - see whole article under today's date.
    6. BONUS update - *System requirement? Hourscuts replace jobcuts else no markets for robot output, by Phil Hyde, swt.me
      • 1st-largest-GDP, 3rd-pop, USA now has half its states with worksharing and plenty of *success stories, as USA moves toward a new part-time "normal" (meaning we should be lowering our legal definition of "full time" as high tech & under-employment rise - US Postal Service has recently saved itself by cutting hours, not locations, & now 1000s of US companies of over 50 employees are cutting to 29 hours/week to duck Obamacare premiums = right deed for wrong reason
      • In 1st-largest population, 2nd-largest GDP, China, the Hong Kong SAR is discussing a statutory workweek
      • In 2d-largest population, 9th-largest GDP, India, the big CITU union is pushing for 35-hour workweek
      • 4th-largest economy Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs &wages &markets &investment
      • 5th-largest economy France saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic Sarcozy
      • 9th-largest (incl.subnat'l) California moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
      • SWT (shorter worktime per person) has three advocates with economic PhDs inside the Washington DC beltway: Dean Baker of liberal thinktank CEPR publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly; Kevin Hassett of conservative thinktank American Enterprise Institute dishes bipartisan PR with Dean; Bob LaJeunesse of the EEOC penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
      • SWT has an advocate at MIT: Engineering Prof. Nicholas Ashford presented "Crises in Employment, Consumption, Economic Growth & Environment: Can a *Shorter Workweek and Greener Economy Provide Relief?" in March 2013

      Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and *vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. It may be fun to sneer at believers in the fixed "lump of labor fallacy" because "there's an infinite amount of work to be done," but where's the corresponding willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it isn't, and doesn't, work. So we need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. Shorter hours is a strategy that is reinvented hundreds of times a day across the U.S. in this recession and thousands of times a day across the world in both public & private sectors, in every industry, and in a variety of ways. Many countries and U.S. states already have worksharing programs to cushion the transition to permanently shorter workweeks that automatically adjust to our rising levels of productive technology in the Age of Robotics. These programs currently are designed to be temporary. Here's what their permanent program will look like when they finally succumb to the inevitable.

      less strategic GOOD NEWS (archives) -
      Power switch - Germany's "expensive" energy gamble [our quotes], by Matthew Karnitschnig, Wall Street Journal, A1.
      ...The Stromautobahn..won't carry [cars] but high-voltage electricity..stretching from the North Sea to Germany's industrial corridor in the south. The project is the linchpin of Germany's Energiewende, or energy revolution, a mammoth, trillion-euro plan to wean the country off nuclear and fossil fuels by midcentury and the top domestic priority of Chancellor Angela Merkel...
      [Allzo, Germany's turning into an even more Just-DO-IT nation than China and it's a woman at the helm! First, Kurzarbeit, now Energiewende! Voss naechst?]

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Timesizing means full employment without makework, falling wages, or rising price levels.
How? By adjusting the workweek down & up - instead of firing & hiring - based on a comprehensive blueprint for a green economy & a new worktime economics where, 100 years from now, people will be...
  • repeating our basic economic slogan - "No Overtime Alone!" - in other words, if a manager 'needs' overtime (OT), s/he either hires temps or makes sure the skill bottleneck behind OT gets opened up by setting up OT-targeted training
  • asking one another, "What's the workweek this month?" - in other words, work pressures are dynamically shared as incoming technology cuts their duration but boosts their stress
  • accommodating workoholics while blocking inflation, by unleashing "love to work" incentive (deflationary) while capping the money motive (inflationary), & balancing the two...
  • For over nine years (1999-2004 and 2009-), we at the Timesizing Wire have been tracking what's rancid beneath the "recovery" via the top 2 U.S. newspapers, the Wall St. Journal on the right & the New York Times on the left with occasional input from the London Economist on the right, the Boston Globe on the left, Canada's national paper, the Toronto Globe & Mail, and regional papers around Ottawa & Québec. We pick up timesizing stories mainly from Google News Search. From 2005 to 2008, we paused to establish a Canadian branch when the USA failed to dump the kamekazi Bush regime, and now that the US is back to the slower Democratic rate of self-deterioration, we've resumed our daily updates.
            Timesizing’s 3rd way is centrist and deep green, not just light or pinkish green like the Green Party's grocery list of ad hoc, unintegrated & unprioritized issues. Timesizing satisfies the right with smaller government and bigger firmer markets & the left with a simpler stronger social safety net that makes the right clean up their own recessions instead of continuously inducing them by privatizing and concentrating profits & nationalizing and centrifuging losses. Our Timesizing solution is based on working models, American history (especially 1933), on economic design, on ecology, and on worktime economics, linguistics, Limits to Growth, and Buckminster Fuller.  The deep green center is the future, and we strategize for the next 100-500 years, not just the next quarterly report or four-year presidential term. Our site is always under construction. *Asterisked links take you *outside our site.

    the problem, vs.
    the timesizing solution
             (in deteriorating stages)                               (in stepped enhancements)                    
  • long workweek; short vacation
  • clue 1
  • electronic democracy vs PACs & lobbyists
  • downsizing; makework
  • market reinvestment vs corporate welfare
  • takeoversbankruptcy;  prison
  • clue 2
  • job&wage insurance vs gov't jobs programs
  • unemployment homelessness
  • geared to problem vs emotional guesswork
  • vanishing retirement disability
  • clue 3
  • plugging leaks vs Stinnes and Malthus
  • suicides;  headlines from hell
  • transitions vs abrupt cures worse than disease

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