George Eastman, an American entrepreneur and inventor says, “What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are.” Many Americans, regardless of their profession, would most likely be happier with their jobs if given more vacation time, and therefore become more productive. Balancing work, family and personal needs is difficult in our fast-paced, results oriented society so there is a definite need for more time to figure this balance.
If our leisure time determines what we are, as Mr. Eastman says, then our American population must be over worked and in need of more time to develop what, exactly it is, we are. For example, most physicians work 40 to 60 hour work weeks but nearly one-quarter of them work 61 to ...
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...and comprehensive, affordable health care and even a pet-friendly environment. Google employees on the career website Glassdoor.com rate working for Google at 4.4 out of five stars. One employee states that he would pay them to work there. Judging from their success, these companies prove that investing in employees is the same as investing directly into your business.
In conclusion, it can be estimated that a good portion of American workers can benefit from longer vacation hours to develop richer personal lives providing the motivation to increase maximum contributions to their careers of choice. Author Samuel Johnson states,” Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.” Applying useful knowledge takes time, on and off the job and a healthy balance is always possible.
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