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Who really gives a crap about this ridiculous study?
What a bunch of bullshit I worked over 80 hours most of my life at times went days without sleep. Retired at age 59 and am now 80 I pedal 7 miles on a bike in 20 minutes 3 times a week along with weights eat what I want along with drink. What you morons are doing is making candy asses out of the generations that are young and being born. Get a life and find something useful to do. You definitely are not earning your keep!!!!! Of course being in Oz I realize that most of the time your heads are below your asses.
Work 0 hours a week, live off welfare and other people’s hard work and tax dollars, be extremely relaxed and happy, and keep over taxing and tormenting the hard working people until they stress out and their health deteriates. Sounds like a believable study to me.
I’ve read so much about the bad effects of smoking drinking, sex and over-eating that I’ve decided to give up reading- Trivet Kitschy
I prefer my work time to home time. At least at work we all get along and it’s genuine.
Study: 90% of “Studies” are completely made up.
Something many commenters are missing is that these numbers are just averages. It is reasonable to assume that there are many factors that will cause variation in these numbers between individuals. Probably a very important factor is how much stress is created by working longer hours, and in turn the amount of stress depends upon things like whether or not the person is being rewarded for the longer hours or whether the person’s ability to manage life outside of work is compromised by the long hours. So for example, a young single entrepreneur working 70 hours/week building a business might handle the extra hours much better than a parent on salary who is stuck working after hours due to either their own of managements incompetence.
A link to the actual study would make examining the details and biases easier.
Like most articles about studies, this short summary of possibly only the abstract of the study is Mr. Steingold’s non-expert interpretation of what he read.
I’m guessing that many readers could offer words of wisdom that came to them free, not paid for by other people’s money taken from them by government.
Such as: Work as long as it makes you happy and make time for those people and things you love.
If you find that advice better than the study’s conclusions then elect a government that will get out of your pocket and let you keep your own money and spend it in ways that make YOU happy.
I’m an entrepreneur and have a great lifestyle working only 25 hours a week. The rest of the time is spent with family, kitesurfing, taking classes and working out. I couldn’t be happier. Moreover, employees at my company work only four 8 hours days and are paid similar to other ‘full-time’ positions in their field. We have very low turn-over and can hire top talent because we value our employees free time and well being.
Those who claim to work 40 plus hour weeks are likely only productive for a fraction of those hours and have few personal interests they vigourslly persue. (Coming up in the tech world I saw far too many 50+ hour workers who spent at least 20 hours a week on Facebook, browsing the web, etc.)Often these overworks lack originality when it comes to design and other skills. Thus I tend to hire people who might not have gone to the best schools but who have done interesting things. I look for intangible talents that make our teams more creative and effective while providing great life-work balance. The old school work culture of our forebears is not healthy, nor effective in the modern world
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