It would be great if we were allowed to work a 25 hour work week at the same pay as a 40 hour work week. That would take care of all our financial needs and we could live easier and actually enjoy our limited existence on this planet. If employers have more productivity during that 25 hour work week comparable to the 40 hour work week and it is cost effective to pay the same pay, it solves all the issues.
The vast majority of jobs in the United States do not require a great deal of thought for the entire time that people are on the job. Most workers are actually productive for a small percentage of their work day. Even if they are at their best mentally for only 25 hours a week. Many jobs require people be present, but not mentally present.
Americans are so obsessed with STUFF that they won't ever be able to stop working. They can't relax because they are in too much debt, they have kids or whatever to pay for, it's just a vicious cycle. If our culture was different and we could find joy in the non-materialistic, we could easily get by on 25 hours of work a week.
A 25 hour work week would sound appealing to most people until they realize that the cut in pay is going to squander their financial dreams. It would be fantastic if efficiency at work could go up and employers could pay their employees higher wages to make up for the drop in hours, but that is highly unlikely.