Overwork

Lessons from Investment Banks and the Dangers of Overwork

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Lessons from Investment Banks and the Dangers of Overwork
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

Alexandra Michel is a Professor at Penn’s Graduate School of Education and an ethnographer who has studied the work practices of investment bankers for fifteen years. Instead of asking whether work gets done when people have autonomy over their schedules, she’s been looking at why overwork occurs—and what the consequences are. She recently spoke with 1 Million for Work Flexibility about her research.

National Work-Leisure Balance & Vacation Commitment Summit: August 25-27, Seattle, Washington

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National Work-Leisure Balance & Vacation Commitment Summit: August 25-27, Seattle, Washington
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Take Back Your Time.Org
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Take Back Your Time.Org

Join us for the National Work-Leisure Balance & Vacation Commitment Summit

When: August 25-27, 2016

Where: Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

Why Working in the Restaurant Industry Can be Hard on Your Mental Health

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Why Working in the Restaurant Industry Can be Hard on Your Mental Health
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Boston Globe
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Judi C Casey

Shojo chef Mark O'Leary is a vocal advocate of work-life balance in the restaurant industry.

Managing Capacity: Walking the Talk About Overwork

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Managing Capacity: Walking the Talk About Overwork
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Huffington Post Teresa (Johnson) Hopke
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Judi Casey

Great read on the process that organizations can use to manage overwork.

Fixing Our Unhealthy Obsession with Work Email

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Blog
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Fixing Our Unhealthy Obsession with Work Email
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Harvard Business Review Blog Network
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Judi C Casey

Our dysfunctional relationship with work email has become so normal, I'm not sure most of us can even see it anymore.

The Ripple Effects of Parents Not Using Their Vacation Time

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The Ripple Effects of Parents Not Using Their Vacation Time
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Harvard Business Review Blog Network
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Judi C Casey

And yet American parents are hardly neglecting their children: in fact, they're spending more time with their kids today than they did in the 1960s. So what's the problem?

An Alpine Antidote to Working Weekends

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News Article
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An Alpine Antidote to Working Weekends
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New York Times
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Monique Valcour

An American copywriter contrasts her experiences working at ad agencies in the US and Switzerland.

Law Firms’ Grueling Hours Are Turning Defectors into Competitors

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Blog
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Law Firms’ Grueling Hours Are Turning Defectors into Competitors
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Harvard Business Review Blog Network
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Judi C Casey

From WFRN member, Joan Williams

A new study from the Center for WorkLife Law reports on this phenomenon in the legal profession. The report identifies over 50 entrepreneurial businesses that offer lawyers jobs with better work-life balance than large law firms offer. Big Law, meet New Law.

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

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News Article
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The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies
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Harvard Business Review Blog Network
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Judi Casey

"In sum, the story of overwork is literally a story of diminishing returns: keep overworking, and you'll progressively work more stupidly on tasks that are increasingly meaningless."

Work Policies May Be Kinder, but Brutal Competition Isn't

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News Article
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Work Policies May Be Kinder, but Brutal Competition Isn't
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New York TImes
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dowgun

"Top-tier employers may be changing their official policies in a nod to work-life balance, but brutal competition remains an inescapable component of workers' daily lives. . . .As Professor Frank, who has written a book about the phenomenon known as winner-take-all economics, explains, the basic problem is that the rewards for ascending to top jobs at companies like Netflix and Goldman Sachs are not just enormous, they are also substantially greater than at companies in the next tier down.

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