I know that there are programmers for sure who want to work less hours per week but probably are not bringing this issue.
I think that programmers deserve that thing because they are very valuable workers comparing to other people. Or at least experienced programmers.
THere are various articles out there about working less time in general. The reasons are like this - we currently live much richer lives than people lived 100 years ago. We would be happier by being able to do what we want more often.
For example this is good:
Another reason is - bosses expect us to study after working. Which practically means working overtime. So if at least reducing the work hours so that real_work + studying = full_time it would be better.
I am now in the situation - we are doing new project with lots o new technologies. Since i want to keep my image as good programmer, i study after work. But this makes me feel like this is never ending, and not the life I am dreaming about as a decent programmer. I have 100 hours of studying after work since mid february, and those 2 months I feel like my life has worsened in quality. And I feel that there is a ton to learn still.
And I talked to my friends - they almost do not study after work and they have good jobs and earn much more than me. They have an advantage - they feel not stressed around people, or also in general, so maybe that gives also competition advantage. But thats good for them, they get bigger salary for that maybe. I accept getting smaller salary if my social skills and stress handling are not good as theirs.
I am not even sure should I still study? I am studying at work also - they do allow, but I see while I am studying , the work gets done very slowly. I see that coworkers also study at work. But some are studying a lot after work also and even working overtime. So that makes me feel bad. At least what makes it feel good that one coworker just loudly says - now I will need 2 weeks to study, I do not work when I do not know the technology. So I feel i am not alone.
Also maybe there is not perfect company for me since many people are working overtime. In previous company, people rarely worked overtime and CEO was working 4 hours per day, and often people who worked fulltime, they were constantly trying to leave eaerlier and also part of time pretend that they are working hard, while actually doing their own stuff or reading news. That was good company for this thing for me, but i got bad new boss, I could not stand, and I left it.
So please tell everyone who reads this - would you like to work less than full time?
I also saw good answer on the internet:
Most programmers seem to believe not having a life is part of the deal and spoil it for the rest of us. Managers are good at screwing everybody around, unions are a joke, everybody says the economy sucks, but then there’s always a need for programmers, and this should be exploited by the category.
As soon as a critical mass of people starts asking for part-time programming jobs, there will be plenty of offerings. So go on, and convince more people to do the same. This is the closest we get to a union battle.