I love my job. Sure, there are dull moments, days and even weeks, but when I get to help develop a strategic communications plan, brainstorm new branding ideas, or attend a successful event that I helped orchestrate– that makes it all worth it.
But is it really worth the time invested?
Many countries, including France and even China, are decreasing their work days.
Henry Ford, who was a believer in 4-day work weeks, cited financial reasons as well as humanitarian benefits. The idea is that with more leisure time, people will consume more products– for hobbies, trips, etc. — and boost sales for all sorts of businesses, ultimately improving the economy and improving the businesses for whom they work.Also, more time off to exercise, take care of errands, etc. means people may be more focused and creative when they return to work.
I enjoy my work and feel truly grateful to my parents for setting me up for such great opportunities– I feel that I am on the fast-track to a full-time, grown-up, bringing-home-the-bacon kind of career. But frankly, I’m a little scared.
Mentors, other professionals, and co-workers in my field all seem to love their jobs, as well, but they are responsible for so many projects and seem to struggle with maintaining their personal lives, relationships, families, health, etc.Is that really how I want to live? Is the money really worth the difficult balancing act?
I’m wondering why the U.S. has yet to adopt these new standards and decrease working hours. I believe people should work to live, not live to work, and if they like their jobs as much as I do, then the working part should come relatively easy.
Am I wrong?