The Anti-Work Movement is a philosophy that sees work as the cause of unhappiness, and should therefore be avoided. Although associated with anarchists and communists today, its roots can we traced back to the Ancient Greek Cynics.
Back in 1965 a Senate subcommittee predicted that we’d enjoy 2-hour work weeks by the year 2000. However, In 1991, the average American worker put in 163 more hours on the job than in 1973, according to the sociologist Juliet Schor, the author of “The Overworked American.”
A person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40 per cent more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office.
During the Irish Potato Famine, the poor were hired for useless construction projects called ‘famine follies’ in order to provide them with work that would not take existing work away from other workers. These included roads in the middle of nowhere, between two seemingly random points.
Remote workers are more productive than their in-office counterparts, according to 59% of employers.
Americans work more than any other major countries — 137 hours per year more than Japanese, 260 per year more than the UK, and 500 hours per year more than France.
A man, Joaquin Garcia, skipped work for six years and nobody noticed until he won an award for twenty years of loyal service. During the six years he quietly collected a $41,500 annual salary from his local government without showing up for work.
In 2013, a dockyard worker burned down a Nuclear Attack Submarine to go home from work early.
One in eight US workers have worked at McDonalds, among them are Jeff Bezos, Pink, and Jay Leno.
Sailors aboard submarines work 6 hour shifts so that it is easier for them to give their undivided attention to the equipment they operate during a shorter shift. The military also switched submarines from an 18-hour work day to a traditional 24-hour one, improving morale significantly.