In "Breaking Free of the Cult of Overwork", Brigid Schulte reports that the “ideal worker” norm prevails in the American workplace: an individual who has no family obligations, no interests that can compete with work — preferably no private life at all. “Right now our work environments are out of step with our current reality. They’re set up as if there’s a full-time caregiver at home. The expectation is, you give 150% at work and if you have caregiver responsibilities, you are somehow a lesser worker. And if you do the daily childcare pickup, you’re not seen as a committed worker. Work cultures, the lack of supportive public policies like paid family and medical leave, investment in high quality child care and a right to control one’s time and work schedule, and cultural attitudes, by and large, still act as though it’s the 1950s. There is still very little recognition and support for the reality that most men, women and families live. It’s hard to believe, but the US, with all its enormous wealth, is the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee workers paid time off, ” says Schulte.
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