Filed under: Healthy Lifestyle | Tags: The New York Times, unemployment, work life balance
There’s a Room for Debate piece in the NY Times that contains a few lines that really struck me:
“Today many of us are overworked while millions of us can’t find jobs. Americans work longer hours than citizens of any other industrialized nation — on average nearly nine weeks a year more than in Western Europe. And with fewer vacations: many Americans get less than two weeks a year while the average European gets five or six weeks. “
I can’t tell you how many of my clients work something like a 60-hour week. They’re burned out, exhausted, resentful, and can barely find time to feed themselves. I get so upset when I hear these things because I really feel like their employers take advantage of them–their companies clearly need to hire more people, but figure, hey, well this person is getting all the work done, what does it matter to me if they’re stressed? There’s no regard for employees’ health, physical or mental, and I think this is a dangerous trend in the American workplace. You can offer free blood pressure screenings or seminars in the workplace about work/life balance, but if you’re making your employees work 10 and 12 and 14-hour days, then it’s clear those free health programs are just for show–you don’t care about your employees’ well-being.