Changing the ways we work
The videos in our Workday Revolution module show the working conditions of labourers, such as stone masons, and child workers prior to the introduction of 8-hour workday law in 1856. The 8-hour workday provided Victorians a work-life balance based on the idea of 8 hours work, 8 hours recreation and 8 hours rest. But so much about the way we live and work has changed in the 165 years since the law was introduced. The activities in the ‘Changing the ways we work’ resource explore some of the ways life has changed since 1856, the impact of these changes on our work-life balance, and considers whether we need to amend our existing laws, or if it’s time for a new Workday Revolution.