Consumed by Work

“Americans work more hours by far than any other workers in the [industrialized] world,” said Benjamin Balak, who teaches economic history at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. “If you want to be a high-income wage earner, you have to work like a dog. If you want leisure in today’s economy, you’ll be stuck in a low-income job. It’s income or leisure.“…. Hourly workers, who must by law be paid time-and-a-half for overtime, tend to work about 40 hours a week, just as they did in the 1970s. It’s among the growing number of salaried workers – who aren’t eligible for overtime – that the extra hours are largely being worked. Harry WesselConsumed by Work (Sunspot)

While I complain about grading papers at home, and students complain about homework, according to this article, anyone involved in professional work is going to have to get used to the extra hours. Sigh.