Why a medieval peasant got more vacation time than you | The Great Debate.

This is an interesting observation, but it’s not really a fair comparison. Modern society is so vastly different from medieval times. I have no doubt that if the working class from that time could work morr they would be obliged to do so by their “bosses.” There was, frankly, less work to do. I wouldn’t be surprised if non-farm workers (waitstaff, iron/leather smiths, and merchants) worked much more.

Still, I think the overall point is valid. Productivity at the current number of hours worked is likely much lower than it would be if we had more leisure time. It’s difficult for a small business owner, particularly in the service industry, to accommodate that in the days if instant gratification. Difficult, but not impossible.