I really can only speak as an American citizen who works in corporate from 7-5PM.
From what I can tell, and this is not a new sentiment, however daily life for the average middle class working person is monotonous and habitual.
You wake up early to go to work; sit in an office where a good chunk of the people are actually just being as minimally productive as they can be to get by,
just to go back home on their hour commute. 2-3 hours to yourself only to sleep 8 hours and do it all over again.
The working culture that I have been a part of makes sense.
I can understand that with people that are actually utilizing their work schedules with full productivity and enthusiasm, it's the reason our GDP and economic standing is where it is.
However, I know too many people in my office alone that absolutely dread going back to work. Or are stressed out too much.
Or just really don't like the system in which we address work here in this country.
Of course maybe if they worked doing something they loved it would be different (That's the goal and ideal) however in reality many people don't do what they want.
Just off of the top calculations too. So at least 40 people on my side of the floor have 1 hour+ commute to work. Here is how many hours they spend in their car just commuting in a work year.
(25 working days per month x 12 months) - 10 vacation days = 290 working days in a year
290 days x 2 commuting hrs (to and from) = 580 hours spent commuting = 24 days commuting
Meaning people spend a little less than a whole month in their car just driving to work. WTF.
Maybe it's a necessary evil in the eyes of a productive company, but shit I don't want to waste 41 months driving in my car until retirement. Fuck.
Not trying to complain. I think we should take a look at how other nations address their workforce and find a happy medium in-between working hard and playing hard.
I like the sentiment, however I know too many stressed out coworkers.
edit: I think I've seen articles looking at European countries with a really good work-life balance, however I believe their populations are not comparable to the US' in that they are way smaller.
Maybe the US has such a high population that consumer demand drives the work force, however does anyone have a proposal on how to address this?
edit: So I am not alluding to whether I am happy/unhappy at my job; I am just noting on the general mood and concensus of work culture I have had conversations with other co-workers, aquaintances,
etc. I am perfectly content with what I am doing right now, however I believe that there's an inherent problem with how society views work here.
Anyways, holy shit just came back from moving out my current apartment and I have a lot of things to mull over. Hopefully you guys can CMV.
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