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The Cult of Overwork

The Seesaw of Work Hours in the US

James Surowiecki writes an article for The New Yorker reflecting on the shifting attitudes about overwork in the United States. It used to be that “knowledge” workers with high-paying jobs worked shorter days on average than lower-paid workers, but now the best paid are twice as likely to work long hours as the poorly paid. Yet at the same time, places like Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse are finally telling their analysts not to work on Saturdays, even though they might still be working upwards of 75 hours a week. Employers in the US are being challenged to recognize that more time working is not the same as more work done well. In the case of overworked bankers, by the fourth year on the job, they are likely to have suffered from “depression, anxiety, and immune-system problems, and performance reviews showed that their creativity and judgment declined.” You can read Surowiecki’s full piece here: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2014/01/27/140127ta_talk_surowiecki

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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