Saturday, May 26, 2007

Hi, I'm Joan and I'm a Workaholic

What do we do about our extreme working hours? Everything suffers: our health, our relationships, our civic engagement, our creativity, and even, eventually, the workplace. Americans have much worse health that Europeans and that brings absenteeism, turnover, and more mistakes to our workplaces. And what happens to kids?

How can Americans learn to think in terms of the long run instead of short term results?
Some of the people working 16 hour days claim they love it. But how long can they keep it up before they fall apart?

We need policies that give people shorter work hours, but this won’t happen until people demand it. Americans still don’t realize how important it is to have balance in life. We need a movement for a healthier work place. The Take Back Your Time movement is working for this.

Some people are starting to understand and have joined “workaholics anonymous.” Maybe the only way we can change is to join with others and tell our stories and to begin to gain strength from each other.

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