Americans Work Too Much?

More American workers are skipping lunch breaks and working longer hours to boost their careers, according to a survey published by the Society for Human Resource Management. About 72% of employees across the nation work through lunch, while 70% work beyond a 40-hour workweek and work at home on the weekends, according to the survey dubbed "Pressure to Work: The Employees' Perspective." The poll, which questioned U.S. workers about sick leave, flex time, and work arrangements, found that more than half (~52%) of participants admitted that self-imposed pressure was the main reason for working overtime, while 44% cite meeting project or performance goals. Only 21% of people polled said pressure from their immediate supervisor was the reason for working extra hours. About 12% cited pressure from top management executives as a source of pressure. Another 12% said advancing their individual career goals was the motivation for working extra hours.

Much prefer the Dutch model - working with the sense God gave little green apples.

One of the coolest things - many Dutch workers eat lunch together at a single table, at the same time.

If you haven't been to the Netherlands yet, make sure you can visit a friend (@mdbraber, @shakingtree, @zorg20, @bart, @hout, @fackeldeyfinds, @martijnhulst!) during his/her workday.

Don't be surprised by communal sandwich making, riding bikes to/from work, and a lot less political BS than we regularly ascribe to in the good old US of A.

Work hard at work, leave on time, have a life, life sometimes includes more work (certainly does for NextHealth crew).

More importantly, realize WHY you're working hard. The sad part of this research? Only 12% of Americans work overtime to advance individual career goals.

Too bad we still seem to believe time is money, instead of acknowledging generating value is money, no matter what period of time that takes you to accomplish.

Posted via web from Jen's Posterous

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