When I was looking for my ideal career, an adequate work-life balance was an important priority. My first real job out of college worked me 50-55 hours per week, and I remember feeling like I was about to die! Anyhow, as a country Americans work 2 and 3 times more than our European counterparts. That averages out to an extra 2 to 3 months throughout the year that you work compared to someone in France. How much does that suck? Add to that the fact that Congress is toying with raising the retirement age again to 68, and it feels like Americans are just working themselves straight into the grave.
I’ve seen a number of articles recently talking about how the 70 hour workweek is becoming so common that it may end up being the new standard. Say what? From my experience, anymore than 50+ hours per week is rough. 60 is horrible. 70, I don’t even see how that is possible. At 60 you’re already working 12 hours a day 5 days a week. You aren’t even living life at that point, you’re a robot. I figured some lawyers had to go through this, and maybe doctors in residency and some business execs. But for this to start becoming the norm is scary. Check out the links:
The 40 Hour work week – dead or alive?
Business Week: The Real Reasons You’re Working So Hard…
Crazy hours becoming the new standard