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Why do people work so much?

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Suzanne’s Answer

Hi Angel B,
The answer to your question is complicated. People work many days and many hours for a variety of reasons.
1. Some jobs pay poorly, so people must work either more than one job, or very long hours in order to pay for their needs.
2. Some jobs are complicated, intense, and require long hours to ensure the job is done correctly. I am thinking of my son here who is a computer programmer. He sometimes works over 60 hours a week in order to complete projects.
3. Some people absolutely love to work. It is the place where they are happy. They will put in long hours for this reason. Others might use work to escape their home life sadly.
4. Some people own their business and must put forth additional hours to make sure the business is successful. Many restaurant owners would fall into this category.
5. People working in healthcare must often work additional hours due to the either emergencies (such as Covid), lack of staffing, hospital/clinic need, or to complete projects. As a research nurse, I often worked over 50 hours a week seeing patients and completing data entry etc.

Americans typically have a poor work/life balance. We feel in our society that we must pull ourselves up to the next socioeconomic level by hard work and effort: https://www.mhanational.org/work-life-balance (this is an interesting evaluation)

Lastly, I truly believe that most people would prefer to have more time for family and friends. Many European countries ensure a healthy work/life balance. In American, our minimum wage, cost of living, and lack of universal health care coverage do not allow average paid citizens a healthy work/life balance. https://time.com/4620759/european-american-work-life-balance/

I hope this answer helps.
Best,
Sue, RN, MSN
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Frank’s Answer

1.When you leave school you and everyone else need to get a job to generate income.
2. Sometimes people have more than one job as they love the challenges that working in a job create.
3. People who have the opportunity to receive a phone call to go to a new work-place on the weekend for instance can make an extra 500 dollars.
4. If we perform well in a job and the management likes your ability to make things happen on and off the job then you get called every weekend.
5. We that love meeting people from all walks of life and are happy and friendly with clients and customers then we are likely to be asked how we achieved extra clients when other people were doing the same round have failed to achieve their targets...
6. You start slow and then pick up speed as you would in any job, you and I are being monitored and coached for higher rewards because we kept going and didnt give up.
7. When you do not understand something when your out on the road you call the office supervisor and seek feedback or you text them if they are busy. Please check me out here: https://www.careervillage.org/users/74836/Frank
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