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Subject:  Re: Since you asked... Date:  3/24/2013  6:09 AM
Author:  tconi Number:  872712 of 909611

It's: When did it become taken utterly for granted that the American work week is not forty hours per week, but seventy, or eighty?

Because we are Americans - whatever anyone does, it is part of the culture that Working longer and harder shows that I am better and more committed
that combined with the downsizing & reduction in staff of the last few years, and there it is.
the new norm.

I spend enough time working in a culture where I put in 50 hours/week, and am questioned about why I work so much, and why do I not leave earlier or take more days off.
I arrive before my PM and leave when he does.
My colleagues consider me a "workaholic" - most of them arrive after the PM and leave before he does, because they have put in their time and
The work will be there tomorrow

So what happens if we (the global we) just don't do it?
WHat happens when people leave the office, turn off the connectivity and just say not available after whatever-o-clock.
Would they really get fired?
So many people are so terrified of losing their jobs that few are willing to take back their lives...

I do not have the answers, but when I next am shifted into an "American Culture" job, I will be better at walking away at the end of the day.

peace & work
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