Pay Versus Play

Apr 14 2014, 09:17 IST
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Since France introduced the enviable 35-hour work week in 1999, workersí unions have become emboldened enough to demand even more slack. (AP) Since France introduced the enviable 35-hour work week in 1999, workersí unions have become emboldened enough to demand even more slack. (AP)
SummaryIdeally, work should end by six pm.

management positions, only 37 per cent wanted a job with more responsibility and among mothers with children under 18, just a quarter said they would choose full time employment if money wasnít an issue. The survey didnít question men but itís unlikely theyíd think very differently.

Even if wanting it all is immaturely unrealistic, we live in a culture where who you are is defined by what you do. But not everybody aspires to set foreign policy or fly private and thatís not so bad. College students who are trying to decide what to do with their lives get so caught up with choosing a money path, they donít consider the kind of lifestyles they would like to lead in the future. If they did Iím sure even high achieving students wouldnít be so excited by finance and consulting, where part time can never be an option and job insecurity is a permanent state. But a friend I lost touch with because he was too busy studying in college is an opthalmologist now and he comes to the gym at the baffling hour of 1 pm. There are almost no emergencies since nobody ever dies of an eye ache. Medicine is out of fashion because qualifying is so frustratingly tedious but if you are inclined and choose the right specialisation, it offers plenty of money and loads of leisure. I keep hearing cheesy, wholly unbelievable lines like if you enjoy what you do itís not work. Given a choice, many of us would opt for big, fat, lazy, quantity time doing absolutely nothing, any day.

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