Russia: Boredom & the Five-Day Week

As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Revolution last year, the Soviet government announced that Russian workers would begin working a five-day week. They would still work the same 41 hours they had been working, but would compress them into five instead of six days and take two days off. The plan had one obvious advantage: it meant that Russia's work force of 110 million could have an extra day of leisure without stunting production.

Last week Pravda announced that things have not turned out quite that way.

The five-day week has become as much a curse...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!