Take Back Your Time Day"It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self." ~Agnes Repplier
There's a vacation revolution afoot. Want to be part of it? A group of people in the US and Canada have decided to stop the insanity, creating a special Day on October 24th to regain lost time.
What insanity? According to a USA Today article on Take Back Your Time Day, overtime has become an epidemic in America, and Canada is not far behind. Some workers, are actually suing their companies over alleged overtime violations.
You would think that layoffs due to economic recession would mean lower production and less work. That's just not the case! The remaining employees were left to shoulder an even greater workload, as the U.S. productivity jumped ahead of Europe and Japan for the first significant period since World War II. And scientists are saying that the increase is due to overtime -- not improved technology.
In fact, with the advent of cell phones, email and lap top computers, employees no longer know where to draw the line between work and home, work and love, work and family, work and self.
According to a report by the UN, American families with both parents and children living together has dropped to 24%! Overwork is not the only factor, but it sure isn't helping! The Protestant Ethic sociologist Max Weber warned us about has just gone too far!
As if that's not enough, Americans are rewarding their companies with $21 billion in unused vacation days each year, USA Today said Expedia.com found in a study. Use it or lose it!
That's $21 billion in real dollar value that employees are not "getting paid," but refunding to the companies who frown upon taking vacations, conveying the message in numerous ways that vacationing is not the way to get ahead.
Take Back Your Time, a grass-roots movement aimed at focusing attention on the issue of overwork are out to move you to action! October 24th is the official annual Take Back Your Time Day. They are already seeing some changes taking place.
Medical residents, for instance, are limited now to a maximum of 80 hours per week, or their residency program could lose their accreditation. That's still a scary prospect if you're a patient, but it's way better than the 24 hours a day scenario of the past.
Guidelines issued by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education also called for a limit of no more than 12 hours a day or 60 hours a week for nurses.
New federal rules for truck drivers - the first major change since 1939 - requires truckers to increase their rest time from eight hours to 10 hours in a 24-hour period.
These changes are a step in the right direction. But the best thing you can do for yourself, your mate and your children is to make sure you have your life priorities in order to begin with.
Vacations are a must! Make sure you are working to live instead of living to work! To get involved with Take Back Your Time, check out their website at:www.timeday.org. It's your life -- and as far as I know, it's the only one you have!