Overwork

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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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.

Do You Check Your Work E-mails Outside Your Work Hours? Or Do You Switch Off?

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Announcement
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Do You Check Your Work E-mails Outside Your Work Hours? Or Do You Switch Off?
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Svenja Schlachter
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Svenja Schlachter

Hello everyone,

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Surrey (UK) and I am currently looking at how and why employees use (or not use) technologies to perform work during their non-work time. I would like to invite you to have your say on this topic and take part in a 25-minute anonymous survey. You will have the option to enter a free prize draw to win 1 of 5 Amazon gift cards, each worth £20 (or equivalent in other currency).

The 24/7 Work Culture’s Toll on Families and Gender Equality

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News Article
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The 24/7 Work Culture’s Toll on Families and Gender Equality
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New York Times
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Monique Valcour/EDHEC Business School

24/7 work cultures lock gender inequality in place: new research from Irene Padavic, Robin Ely and Erin Reid.

Author Insights: Katrina Alcorn on American Moms on the Brink

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Blog
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Author Insights: Katrina Alcorn on American Moms on the Brink
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1 Million for Work Flexibility

Katrina Alcorn’s first book, MAXED OUT: American Moms on the Brink, is a brave memoir about her own experience with job burnout.

How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters

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News Article
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How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters
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New York Times
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Judi C Casey

"...Except for one dirty little secret: Some of the people ostensibly turning in those 80- or 90-hour workweeks, particularly men, may just be faking it."

Design a Work-Life Improvement Pilot Project

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Blog
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Design a Work-Life Improvement Pilot Project
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Harvard Business Review Blog Network
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Judi C Casey

From Cali Williams Yost at Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit

My organization recently spent six weeks with 40 employees at Quest Diagnostics, a leader in diagnostic information services, including lab-based employee wellness services. Our goal was to provide the group with the skills to identify what matters the most, on and off then job, and then make those priorities happen in a way that sustained both well being and high performance. 

Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol

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News Article
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Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol
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Washington Post
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Judi Casey

"You have a quote in your book, “One of the most universal numbing strategies is what I call ‘crazy-busy.’” Elaborate on this concept."

The Difference Between Work-Life Integration and Workaholism

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News Article
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The Difference Between Work-Life Integration and Workaholism
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Fortune
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