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Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture Is Ruling Our Lives
A hardhitting expose of the overwork culture and modern management techniques that seduce millions of people to hand over the best part of their lives to their employer. Work has come to increasingly dominate British national life. 'Job intensification' affects every shopfloor, office, classroom and hospital, as a cult of efficiency has driven a missionary magnetism of ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Not Avail
(first published 2004)
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In this book Madeleine Bunting takes and in depth look at the overwork culture that is dominating the United Kingdom - although the messages and evidence are relevant throughout the world. Bunting explores this issue in depth, discussing how the past decades have seen the development of an overwork culture, looking at the extremely negative impacts of that culture - from increased stress and mental health problems to less time to care for those we love - and then looks at the solutions to the ...more
A very interesting book about the working culture in the UK, which was quite an eye-opener. It was packed full of enlightening stats i.e. that fewer women are in work ten years after the birth of a child, then are a year after (somewhat reflecting a need to go back to work straight away, and then how being back at work puts a strain on things?). There was also discussions I can sympathise with in that due to the influence of IT and the greater importance of auditing, it now means that people ...more
Not sure why I picked this up from the table at the Unconvention when I have already done the opting out it suggests, at least to a certain extent. It explores the overwork culture which it claims is a product of the last thirty years or so and lays at the door of companies out for profit. There are lots of examples and descriptions of lifestyles and jobs that have become even more prevalent in the nearly ten years since it was written and were again in the news at the time I was (slowly) ...more
Good critique on society's obsession with working long hours and making career the centrepiece of one's existence. Some very good points made about the detrimental effect on mental health, family life, friendships, etc and how many workplaces try to replace these in order to become the focus of individuals' lives. Very interesting for those with workaholic tendencies who might want to consider what they're burying for their career, and slackers like myself who can get their smug on.
I found this personally very relevant to my life. While it doesn't offer many solutions, it is thought provoking and has encouraged me to value my free time and not to get sucked into the quantity of work being more valuable than quality. I have been guilty of this in the past. To do a job well, need to be healthy and not neglecting my health.
why the british work the longest hours in europe but the economy is still behind the big european economies. also, the stresses involved with the long hours, competitive nature of the work place and culture and how to achieve a balance between one's work and social life.