It is easy — and essentially correct — to say that the modern worker also has more choices, more disposable income and a longer life expectancy.
However today’s newspapers also explain that most of us will be suffering from some disabling illness before we make it to 68, the proposed retirement age. 75% is the fairly sobering figure.
I’m cautiously optimistic about most things, but I don’t fancy those odds.
How long until we see an institutional culture that worries about the long-term health of people who work in it?
When was the last time that you were urged to take a holiday?
When were you last sent home at the real end of the scheduled work day?
And yet you probably have oversight of some other people? What about them? What example are you setting?
Years ago I was told by my boss that I couldn’t go on a two week honeymoon because I had to help save my country. (I was working in politics.) The country is still standing.
I can’t really blame anyone else. It was my call to push back. But I will always regret the week that my new wife sat at home and did nothing…
No one is really as interested in your life as you are. And no one is going to be as disappointed when you piss it away either.