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American Workaholics

November 9th, 2007

“In the U.S., there is this brutal workaholic streak and the Americans are much, much more politically correct. The British deal with crises with more of a sense of humor.”

Lucy Kellaway, from The Office: how to negotiate the daily minefield [reuters.com]

Everybody outside the US always tells me I am full of it when I tell them Americans work more hours and take less vacation than anyone else on average. Now here is a Brit backing me up… I think Americans boast about how much they work and how little they sleep. It’s like a badge of honor. I know I have been and am still sometimes guilty of this. I think the Spanish have life figured out and are laughing at the rest of us during their siestas.

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