The pay is good and I can walk to work. - John F. Kennedy
Have you ever thought about how much you work in a year?
If I work 40 hours per week, year round, I’m working 2080 hours per year. We’ll subtract 240 hours per year for holidays and vacation and that leaves only 1,840 hours per year working. I have a graph that shows the U.S. average at 1,770, so that’s pretty close.
I’m alive 8,760 hours per year. That means I work roughly 21% of the time I’m alive.
If I sleep six hours per day I’m awake 6,570 hours a year. That means I work roughly 28% of the time I’m awake.
That’s not terrible, considering what I do at work is funding everything my family does and everything I do outside of work, which is no small task. I have a short commute, a larger office and for the most part really like my compadres in arms.
According to some shotgun web searches, workweek lengths vary according to what country you call home. Workweeks in the U.S. are about 40 hours. If you don’t like to work so much, try the Netherlands as they average about 25 hours per week. Korea is the slave driver at 46 hours per week.
There’s an argument out there that reduced work hours per week actually improve productivity and also promote more leisure time which is supposed to translate into more consumerism. I’d like to put my signature on that petition, please.
Also, I’m not digging ditches and I’m employed. Considering 15 million or so wage-earners in the U.S. are currently without a job, I’m fortunate. I’m beyond fortunate.
So, why do I sometimes fantasize my way into other careers? I don’t consider myself a big wanderlust type of guy. But as I’ve said, I’m not used to having a career for longer than 7 years.
Is it possible to have a 7-year itch in regards to your job? I’m itch-free after 15 years with my love, so it just doesn’t seem to be in my nature. And yet, and yet, and yet… ado, ado, ado…
Is this Much Ado about Nothing? Probably.
I do an Amazon Books search for “changing careers” and I get 8,693 hits, as high as #17 on their top sellers.
There’s a site called The Conference Board with a study of 5,000 U.S. Households showing only 45% of Americans are happy with their job, which is down from 61% in 1987.
So I’m not alone.
Am I not alone in whining?
Shut up SLC and go to work. You’re lucky you have what you do. Others would cut off pinkie toes for the gig.
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, I believe the dwarves had it right.
Posted by Casey Freeland at 20:14