Originally posted by Tim Holloway:
More and more lately I hear talk about the increasingly long hours people are working in the US. And the truth of the matter is, we drive ourselves as hard as management drives us. Why? Several reasons, probably. First and foremost, of course, when something like 1/3d the workforce fears that they may become unemplyed within the next 365 days (so much for the idea that the recession ended in 2001), there's a pretty powerful incentive not to give management an excuse to put yourself into that 1/3d, and one of the few worker-controllable ways of doing that is to work longer, skip lunch, not take vacations, etc.
An International Labor Organization study showed that Americans worked the equivalent of an extra 40-hour week in 2000 than 10 years before. Americans work almost a month longer than the Japanese and three months more than Germans, it said.