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Brilliant, and possibly life-changing,
This review is from: Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives (Paperback)
This is an excellent book. Well researched, brilliantly argued, and, it rings horribly, savagely true. It's a kind of 'Fast Food Nation' for the overwork culture that the silent majority (in the UK) have been conned into, and come to expect as 'the norm'.
If you've ever wondered whether it was really meant to be this way, this book will at once reassure you that it's not, and kick-start you into making the required changes to get your life back.
It is not a 'self-help' / 'personal growth' book - there are enough of those. And, as the author brilliantly asserts, this focus on personal responsibility for achieving 'work / life balance' etc. is all part of the problem - cultural change, she argues, requires collective action (time to join the union!)
If you find yourself habitually slumped on the sofa on a Sunday night, after a weekend's recovery from a knackering week at work; if you've watched in silent despair as the hobbies you used to love are sacrificed; if you find yourself unable to sleep because your mind is buzzing with an overflowing 'to do' list, order this book without delay. You won't regret it.
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2012 18:11:10 GMT
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My 2 cents regarding the problem. Management level now (Associates, CEOs, Principals etc) experienced these long hours in the 80s and therefore expect their employees now to do the same (and look down on any employees that do not). Fine. However, after work in the 80s, they drove back to affordable, nice houses in good areas, on empty roads to safe, pleasant towns and suburbs and to empty golf courses etc etc. Nowadays, we (anyone in their thirties and forties) get stuck in traffic on the way 'home' to negative equity boxes in overcrowded, sociopathic towns. Wake up you guys, you had it easy and don't expect engineers and accountants to work like it is the City for derisory wages.
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