SINGAPORE (June 29): At a recent talk held at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, University of Southern California economist Joanne Yoong said that the unthinkable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic could destabilise old mental maps of how the world works, prompting a reconsidering of how society is to be organised. Not even the sacred cow of the “five-day work week” has been spared. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, riding on a growing trailblazing reputation, has even suggested that employers implement a four-day week to boost flagging consumption to widespread expert support. 

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