Stop Working So Much!

Feeling burned out at the end of a long week? Bloomberg’s John de Graaf and David K. Batker can tell you why: Americans work far too much for their own good. U.S. laborers are working longer days than ever, and they take barely a week of vacation every year. Meanwhile, Dutch countries have seen their economies and quality of life grow by shortening the workday and mandating four weeks of annual vacation time. What’s more, U.S. companies that give their employees more time off actually see greater output. As the authors write, “Many exhausted American workers might find these results refreshing.”