- In the United States, white-collar workers work longer than peers in most advanced countries
- Brigid Schulte: We need to recapture our lost leisure; more work doesn't raise productivity
- She says companies reward workers for how long they sit at their desks, not for what they do
Brigid Schulte is author of "Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when No One has the Time," a fellow at New America and a staff writer at the Washington Post. This is the second in a series, "Big Ideas for a New America," in which the Washington-based think tank New America spotlights experts' solutions to the nation's greatest challenges. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)What if I hadn't worked so hard? What if . . . I had actually used . . . my position to be a role model for balance? Had I done so intentionally, who's to say that, besides having more time with my family, I wouldn't also have been even more focused at work? More creative? More productive? It took inoperable late stage brain cancer to get me to examine things from this angle. --Eugene O'Kelly, former CEO, KPMG