Americans certainly work too much, for too little, and don't take advantage
of our free time. It's one reason we're an angry and stressed out
A more ideal work would be 6 hours a day 5 days a week , or 6 hours a day 5 days
a week. Given increased technology ( computer, email, databases), lean
manufacturing processes and robots, individual workers are much more productive
than in yesteryear. So we can afford to reduce the workweek if we choose to.The average worker has not benefited from this increased productivity.
Those benefits have gone elsewhere.
Citizens of the United States definitely work too many hours for too few
benefits; those that have jobs to speak of. In most of the "civilized"
world the average PAID vacation is 4 to 6 weeks every year, while here, and
again only for a few fortunate souls it is two weeks, if even that, and most
people working in the "service sector" where most of the jobs are being
created, have NO vacations. "Over there" they get maternity leave for
BOTH parents, sometimes as in the case of Sweden a Paid YEAR's leave (6
months each parent), here? No. "Over there" people are living longer,
traveling more, enjoying life more, eating healthier, but here? Not so much. I
think it's time for a change.
There still persists in this country the notion of a responsible individual
"working three jobs." I would suggest it is greedy
employers and businessmen themselves who enjoy spreading this propaganda since
it allows them to get away with paying peanuts to their workers -- such that
they must "work three jobs." Working "three jobs"
is not the way life is supposed to be. Both parents having to work and hardly
interact with their children is not the say life is supposed to be. Taking
unfair advantage of and oppressing the hireling in his wages is not the way life
is supposed to be. Pay your worker a fair wage -- even though it
may mean one less vacation home in Ketchum for you. No, Capitalism and Free
Market is NOT just about a headlong, extremely focused and ultimately selfish
pursuit of profit. Capitalism and Free Market come with MORAL RESPONSIBILITIES.
Yes most people are working too much and being with family too little. You know
what, you might want to keep you job or soon there won't be any job around
when ROBOTS taking over. I did work too much in past and most of my pay vanished
before I could see my pay check and mostly go to TAX!