Is There a Difference Between a 40 and 60 Hour Work Week?

In his book Choosing to Cheat, Andy Stanley asserts that in most professions there’s not really that big of a difference in production between a 40 hour work week and a 60 hour work week.  This came up in a conversation with friends, along with the Boomer generation, careers, and what we value in life.

Do you agree with this?

Putting it to the test, I began trimming.  What I’m finding so far is that yes, the production doesn’t seem to be that much greater.  But a new set of problems have cropped up:

  1. It’s really hard to hold up the boundaries of a shorter work week, especially when I never trimmed my responsibilities.
  2. I have to say “No” more; and responding to emails gets put on the back burner.
  3. (the real issue) I have to be OK with not being available for everybody all the time, and disappointing them.
  4. (also the real issue)  I have to rely more than ever on God.  After all, I do believe that God is working, right?  Seriously though, when did I start behaving like an agnostic?

What are your thoughts on this?  And do you think expectations will be brought back down to earth as the Baby Boomers continue to retire?


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