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Interesting story in USA Today this morning about employees being concerned about being overworked, especially as companies pressure them to work harder and longer in the face of tougher competition.

In fact, there even is a grass roots movement called Take Back Your Time designed to focus attention on the issue of overwork. This organization urges employees to take stock of their lives and make choices about what they are willing and not willing to do.

Some economists, USA Today reports, even believe that many of the productivity gains of the last decade can be traced to overworking employees, not the use of better and more efficient technology.

At the same time, corporations - Wal-Mart would be one of the more notable examples, though hardly the only one - are facing lawsuits from employees over alleged overtime violations in which they create environments in which workers put in overtime "off the clock."
KC's View:
The result of all this activity is a kind of backlash against the nation's work culture…though we can't say that we believe it will have any sort of impact.

We have a sister-in-law who recently complained about having to work 8-to-6, which we found amusing. "It isn’t an 8-to-6 world," we told her. "It's a jungle out there."

We don't necessarily think that it is a bad thing that productivity increases are being made by people, not technology. In fact, it sorts of warms the heart.

But, of course, people need to be paid fairly for the work they put in.