File - In this Jan. 14, 2013 photo, Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim speaks during news conference at the Soumaya museum in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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The following is a condensed and edited interview with Carlos Slim, chairman emeritus, America Movil. Q: Can you tell us about your plan for shorter workweeks? A: Shorter workweeks are a solution to civilization shifts. Historically, the more technology advances and the more progress there is, people work less. The quality of life and having four days a week free would encourage a lot of economic activities – more tourism, entertainment, sports, culture and education.It's a great change to exchange fewer days of work for more years until retirement. In fact, we started this in Telmex [America Movil's fixed-line unit] a couple of years ago. We're offering people that have a lot of knowledge to stay longer and work fewer days.Q: Are there industries where a change like this would be more easily adapted?A:If I had been a regular worker in Telmex, I would have been retired for 22 years.The big success was the 48-hour workweek.It would be a great solution: You'd have half working from Monday to Wednesday, the rest from Wednesday to Saturday.The most profound change is this new civilization.
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