Most people cannot afford a furlough. However, some of us wouldn't suffer too much from having extra time off without getting paid, provided our jobs are there when we return. A cost analysis is needed, of course, and our paid leave should not in any way be compromised. It may, however, save the government considerable money and not compromise productivity too much if the volunteer furloughs are well-timed and employees return rested.
Idea No. 12692