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Your Call: Have longer hours and more responsibilities become the new norm in American workplaces?

Peiyu Liu
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 Have longer hours and more responsibilities become the new norm in the American workplace? 
On the September 3rd edition of Your Call we’re talking about our changing workplace culture. The New York Timesrecently published a scathing report about the demanding corporate culture at Amazon. As abusive as some of the allegations are, they’re not uncommon. A Gallup poll found that fifty percent of respondents clock in more than 40 hours per week. And unused vacation time is at a 40-year high in the US. What does this mean for our lives – and for productivity?


Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute.

Emily Peck is the executive business and tech editor of the Huffington Post.

Web Resources:

Economic Policy Institute

The Center for Economic Policy Research

American Prospect: Will the New Federal Overtime Protections Apply to You?

Huffington Post: Amazon Only Perfected What American Work Culture Created

Mother Jones: Overworked America: 12 Charts That Will Make Your Blood Boil

Mother Jones: All Work and No Pay: The Great Speedup You: doing more with less. Corporate profits: going strong. The dirty secret of the jobless recovery

Mother Jones: Harrowing, Heartbreaking Tales of Overworked Americans, First person stories of doing more with less, from warehouses and classrooms to operating rooms and air-traffic control towers

Gallup Poll: The "40-Hour" Workweek Is Actually Longer 

Medium: Work Hard, Live Well