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A score of 12 or higher may signal cases of depression, according to Weston. On average, the study found, women who worked 55 hours or more per week scored 11.8, versus 11 among women who worked a standard 35to 40-hour week. There was no difference between men who worked long or standard workweeks.

A score of 12 or higher may signal cases of depression, according to Weston. On average, the study found, women who worked 55 hours or more per week scored 11.8, versus 11 among women who worked a standard 35to 40-hour week. There was no difference between men who worked long or standard workweeks. Now, research helps confirm that women with jobs that demand long hours may be more prone to depression.

Researchers found that compared with women who worked a standard 40-hour week, those who were on the clock 55 hours or more typically reported more depression symptoms. Sometimes, people feel depressed after exercise when they set expectations that are too high or impossible to achieve. Perhaps your feelings of depression are stemming from a heavy mental burden of unrealistic expectations.

Perhaps you’ve set an impractical weight-loss goal and you feel down about not having met it. In fact, employers are losing 27 work days per depressed worker, with two-thirds coming from “presenteeism” when workers are present, but less productive. “There are very clear connections. The cause was said to have been depression caused by overwork. The case generated widespread attention and renewed calls to change the long working hours. The truth about depression: six people speak out It didn’t take long for my mood to lift.

Within 11 weeks I was back at work. working 100 hours a week. I was exhausted and it hit me. Full-time associates are allocated up to 80 hours per year of unpaid time (the equivalent of two work weeks), in addition to paid time off for vacation, personal time, and holidays. Across Sweden, only around 1% of employees work more than 50 hours a week, one of the lowest rates in the OECD, where 13% is the average.

By law, Swedes are given 25 vacation days. These feelings usually fade away within a few days or weeks, depending on the circumstances. But profound sadness that lasts more than two weeks.

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Worse yet, some of us feel like we don’t deserve the time and money if we’re not filling up a 60+ hour workweek with “work stuff.”

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Another problem is that the good feelings about the shorter work week may not last for long as one gets used to the routine.

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But the hours of work are very long—I was only a part-time employee, but my employer put in a 70-hour week, apart from constant expeditions out of hours to buy books— and it is an unhealthy life.

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The truth is, most people find life without work boring, as we see in the tale “A Week of Sundays.”

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True, it can be hard to disappear from work for hours at a time on a regular basis.

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You don’t have to work all the time, and there’s a good chance you’ll be more productive if you take breaks and if you have hobbies and interests that have nothing to do with work.

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That’s why I work seven days a week.

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This is particularly true of the eight hours that you spend on the job every day.

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Long hours also relate to expectations about the sheer amount of work.

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(For precisely the same reason, incidentally, having our weekly time off on days when our family or friends have to work robs us of much of the pleasure of being off work and often involves some sense of waste, not to mention guilt.

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  • They run you in circles to be a conduit of wealth between those who own your means of production and those who own the barracks. The task at hand is incidental, what matters is social stratification achieved through the currents of currency. The whole world is a company town, and consumer culture commoditizes our humanity.

  • I had a mentor who would work for a couple hours, then literally go fishing in the middle of the day for hours, then come back and knock out the problems he was “working on” while fishing. Inspiration happens when you let it happen, not when you force it to happen.

  • The answer is not for everyone to be an entrepreneur. That’s very unrealistic because whose left to do the producing labor? Someone needs to make your product. What we have to do protest and demand the government to establish a law to limit X amount of hours worked per week. I think it should be 30 hrs max but the point is to protest for government regulations for the sake of our health and future America.

  • Learn blender 3d and substance painter and create 3d models to sell on the Unreal engine marketplace. Or learn unreal engine blueprint and sell game skeletons. That’s what I did in my spare time. Earning 300gbp/month for my pocket money with just 2 products so far!

  • I remember a TEDTalks that said that as ppl get older, those who spend more an experiences vs things tend to have higher levels of consciousness and also tend to care less about social validation such as car/house, marriage, procreation, etc.

  • Here’s something you didn’t find out. Australia was the first settlement in the world to grant the eight hour day. Maybe a little research beyond the UK and the US wouldn’t go amiss! see

  • When you’re self-employed you work constantly so giving people an idea of working for the wrong you are working more than you work at home

  • Fucking pseudo-slavery. This is all a bunch of bullshit perpetuated by evil misers to squeeze the life out of us for their own gross wealth.

  • We are not in the 1800s anymore nor are we in 1900s.
    Its so sad people think this is necessary for humans. Its so sad, to be so brainwashed that you think its normal to spend more time with coworkers vs family, to even put labor over your personal time is ridiculous. Wake up, or hurry and die so we can finally change our planet for the good.

  • The guy that invented a 5 day work week hated his family.
    Instead of working 4 days n spend 3 days with his family.

    He said fuck it. Let me go to work 5 days.

  • You speak like a hurt divorced person with a bad experience… I’m divorced too. It is not cool at all, not pleasant experience. And most of divorced people usually very insecure about marriage. I’m not sure why people ask you about your private life. I liked your channel for cool videos. And now all this drama… about marriage…It is your own choice, it is your private life. I would like to be married one day again if this quarantine will ever be finished. And good luck for you to meet a girl who has no desire to have a family, so you can just pursue your own dreams and live for yourself.

  • It’s interesting to see how many people in the comment wine about a mere 8 hour day
    I usually work 10 to 12 hours a day 6 days a week which is fairly low.
    a friend of mine works 12/7

  • This video almost PRAISES ford for the five day work week likebirs not still SLAVERY. Fuck outta here, u wanna jus marginalize human life to the weekend and have us kiss ur ass for it? I hate this world man

  • Some of the greatest technical problem solving I have ever done has happened during a hot shower or chilling outside with a smoke (back when I smoked). But I work for a company which still hangs onto the worst and most outdated productivity measure there is: the billable hour.

  • Bro it’s fools working at warehouses jobs for $11 dollars to put car parts together and standing up 12 hrs that’s slavery and inhuman shiddd. It’s all mental if you know you not go be there your whole life then it works out perfectly fine building your business plan feel me

  • Completely agree and if you get your work done ahead of time, then you just wait for tickets to pop up in the que and just be available. Usually in my spare time I work on Leetcode questions or learn something valuable to keep my skills sharp.

  • My first job featured 12 hour days, unsafe working conditions and abuse. I got out but I still think about those I left behind there. Workers of the world unite.

  • Most people are happier working 20 hours a week, even on jobs they don’t really like. 40 hours/week seems a little excessive for many jobs.

  • My Goal is to become a serial Entrepreneur and have several Companies that I founded. I am still quite far from doing that, however your Videos are helping me rethink how to set tasks / pay people etc, which is also not really taught in Startup Seminars etc etc.
    My Question then becomes: if I want to go to a “I want to pay you X for doing task Y in Z amount of time” and I have the task and the deadline, how do I figure out how much to pay employees for that?
    “I dont care if it takes you 4h or 8, if you do it at home or in the office, as long as you do good work in the allotted time” sounds good, but it kind of makes it hard to tell whether you are overpaying people..
    I guess one solution would be to calculate the profit margin you would want to have for that thing and then offer what you are willing and then raise / lower the offered salary until you get the product you want for the best possible price… but even that sounds complicated.. darn it

    honestly my proposition for a solution kinda sounds like a gig-economy model, like Uber for programmers…

  • You don’t have to use disclaimers— it is slavery. Some people don’t know they are slaves and some people know and don’t mind being a slave. A lot of people have no other options..

  • Talking with a recruiter at Tesla I was told that the shifts were 12 hours long. As a pilot and as a truck driver, I’ve been expected to work 12 hours a day (sometimes more) every day. Some pay overtime some do not, but 12 hours is the norm not an exception. I’ve heard of an 8 hour work day, but I think its just a myth!?

  • Human beings use work as a way to give their lives meaning. If you have nothing to work for you have no reason to exist. Everyone needs goals that they work towards. Barely working and sitting around doing nothing will do little except encourage more obesity (which is already a huge problem) and laziness. Also we will lose even more jobs to 3rd world countries.

  • Any advice for staying focused for hard-to-solve problems? I find if I’m trying to learn a new concept or stuck solving a bug my focus tends to drift, and I easily go on fb/ check my phone, etc. It’s hard to tell how much time I actually spend ‘working’. I guess making the distractions not so convenient might help?

  • “Don’t give the company your best hours”
    Wow I understood this some time ago, I really like my company, but still I spend my best hours of the day educating myself:) I give the company the “good” hours and then the “stupid” hours go for friends, films and chill

  • Isn’t it funny how we as a species keep doing these shitty things to ourselves.

    I mean if most people just decided that 25 hour work weeks should be the norm, that would just become the norm.
    There’s no outside forces, no aliens that are making us do this, it’s us doing this to us. Before the 40 hour work week people were doing 60-80 hours of work. Kids were doing hard labor and still are in many places in the world today.

    It’s incredible that slavery existed not that long ago. People forcing other people to work for nothing. And people were okay with it, thinking it’s just the way things are, like a higher power is forcing you to do this.

    And i guarantee people are just waking up and realizing that this isn’t great either

  • I always knew the 5 /40 work week came from the start of the industrial age when people left the farms for the factories but i always saw it as a over used out dated system since I have existed on planet earth. Many Modern jobs, careers, and educational systems still run on that 5/40 work week but it’s costing them more time and money then it is worth. It’s outdated in many ways but for some reason the CEO’s and companies wont change in changing times. People can’t spend money they don’t have and they can’t use time that does not exist in reality. It’s turned into a system now where companies want 6-7 days per week work from the employee and only want to pay them low wages with lots of mandatory OT so that the tax system can take the OT away from the worker…………….in that way the Politicians and Tax service related jobs get money off your work hours and the company basically gets free OT out of the employee because that paid tax money comes back to them over time in the form of cuts, rebates, federal cut backs, and many other little loop holes.
    When I was a young man and started working out of HS in the late 90’s I would work as much OT as i could stand or was offered……………burnt myself out so bad that I usually only stayed at a job for no more then 2 years time but in that 2 years I worked 4 years worth of work hours almost. I thought every little 1$ I earned was a 1$ closer to achieving goals. I was wrong………………………I knew that if I put in 20 hours OT after 40 hours worked it was 1 1/2 times pay but once I figured in the amount of taxes cut out of my check and the extra cost of gas to drive to work, the cost of extra smokes or food, the extra cost of stress related BS like medication or whatever i needed to sleep after working constant 12-24 hour shifts it just did not add up. I was being taxed, single rate male……………….so that 20 hours of OT or 15 hours of OT I worked came out to less then the 1 1/2 times per hour paid big time less. It was basically like i was working for the company for free. All it was doing was making my paycheck look slightly larger by 200$ per pay period maybe when in reality I had earned 3x or 4x that amount of money overall just in OT pay. So I started to refuse the OT and stuck to my plan. This only makes the companies more angry and bosses really pissed when they offer you OT or extra hours and you tell them that it’s not worth your time or effort and give them a viable % based reason as to why that is. They simply try to blame it on the government and tell the employee that it’s to bad they need you to work it……………………that’s also the other problem with our society and employees, they are to willing to just say yes rather then weigh the options and do the math and respond to the employer with a big fat NO THANK YOU. If more and more people would do that then things might start to change a little. Sadly people wont do that……….they are to afraid of change or to afraid to try again or start over

  • Ah, just as expected. The 8 hour work day is long outdated. It should be 6. Or less. No, it should be less. With all the bullshit you have to do everyday such as commuting for 937 hours a day, most people would be lucky to get 8 hours recreation, even with a 6 hour day

  • People would be much less productive (per hour) if they worked much less. So less time is available than at first thought. It might be better for society to develop happier jobs, rather than more leisure.

  • and then they slap 3 unpaid breaks on top of 8 hours to keep you at work for 90 minutes longer for free when you are mostly busy working anyway. then other 90 minutes commuting… perfect

  • If I was a CEO, I’d work my people 32 hours a week, give them full benefits, and pay an entry level wage of $17.00 an hour.  Bet I’d have a very low turnover rate.

  • For much of human history the chief problem has been producing enough in a society for all to subsist on. Productivity for the essentials of life has increased many times over in the last two centuries The basic needs of people in the West, like food and shelter, are today gotten for relatively little effort. Yet those gains in productivity have not resulted in shorter working hours. Ours is a new problem: that of keeping employed everyone able to work when the labour requirements are low.

  • My work days are 12 hour shifts. I work 3 shifts one week, 4 shifts the next. Many times what I’ll do is work 7 shifts in a row…then I’ll have a solid week off. Other times I’ll stagger my shifts and still end up with 3 to 4 days off in a row. Was an adjustment period to long shifts back to back, but honestly the payoff of long stretches of time off without using vacation time is so worth it. It’s like I get mini vacations throughout the year. Then when planning an actual vacation/trip I can double up on my time away by working my 7 shifts with an expected week off and having a scheduled week (or even two) weeks of vacation time scheduled to start right when I would have been expected to resume my shifts. Been at it for 5 years now and I can’t fathom a consistent 5 day work week with just a measly two day weekend.

  • Seams like a living wage and 6 hour work day would increase profit then. We should push for it. Use Ford as you example of why raising wages works.

  • wow, no mention of the US labor movement, like ford pulled this idea out of his ass, you could’ve at least mentioned what a facist Henry ford was and how he wrote more anti-semetic literature than hitler and sued the US government for blowing up their nazi tank manufacturing plants during WW2, which the British were also part owners of.

  • Josh, hello from London UK bro.
    I’ve been watching a lot of your vids lately lol
    Man you’ve really got it in for these Corporates: ))
    great channel just keep posting the vids and I’ll keep watching m8. I’m going to pause this and go down and grab another beer.:-D

  • I’m a refinery turnaround hand, I work 7 days a week, 13 hours a day, or more if needed, for 6 to 8 weeks at a time. For this I am paid handsomely I’m not ashamed to say.
    I will not waste my time and expertise on an 8 hour day.
    Gotta make hay while the sun is up…. or moon in my case. In between jobs I’ll take a month or maybe two off to live my life, but honestly, I’m always itching to get back to work.

  • Everything that Josh has said here is 100% correct. I’ve spent over 25 years in the IT industry and it was a dream career until the psychopaths (the same ones who sent jobs to India and China, yes China) got in charge. I’ve seen these psychos vomit out one lie after another to their VP, colleagues and underlings with absolutely no remorse at all. I’ve had managers give me the love so that they could use me until a project was done. Then after they got the promotion based off of my work and my work alone, the same psycho fired me as a cost reduction.

    Always have a side hustle without fail and like Josh says, never give any large American company your best hours. Save that for other things that potentially pay off.

    I’ve been burned enough as a young guy to never let that happen to me again. Even when I work a project, I never put the best code into a project if I know the company and people I’m dealing with are less than noble (that’s 95% or more of the people out there now), so if I have something that I could potentially sell, it’s for me only.

    Companies are now trying to make you sign agreement that give them ownership of everything you produce even on off hours. If you run into that, always go into it with having an LLC and a trust created and put the ownership of that code into the LLC and have it documented with proof.

    Never allow yourself to ever be used. Just remember all of the billionaires out there never achieved their wealth honestly. Let let that crap about the Oracle of Omaha and such be jibberish for another Tony Robbins book.

  • This isn’t as clear cut when you get into more thought centric work, like computer programming. There’s generally a ramp up (and I’d say a ramp off, but that happens after work so not relevant) where you beginning you day trying to continue from yesterday, then get into the groove and go a lot faster then normal.

    Generally with thought based work, switching what you do leads to you needing to restart the ramp up process.

    “Are there any positives of this blending of work and leisure times”

    Think about the porn industry if you love your job, it’s a lot better for you. The issue here is if you job interferes with your life and you hate your job.

  • Except this working in retail, police, medical staff (hospital/ambulance), fire, those who work in the building industry, nannies, chefs, those who work in leisure etc. DON’T work just 5 days a week. Many have to work at least 6.

  • Let’s all make our voices heard so that it becomes sooner when companies decide to reduce 40 hours work week down to 30 hours work week.

  • Tip: If your work enforces time tracking, just enter the maximum estimated time spent even if you finished in half that time. Companies try to squeeze as much work out of you in those 40 hours, so you will be “rewarded” with more tasks for finishing early.

  • In my country people are leaving this schedule to work on their own and they do that for 12-14 hours per day, work at night and fix night work in the morning lol.

  • From experience, it all depends on what location you work at. When covid-19 hit I couldn’t find any place hiring so at the time amazon was my last option. The hiring process was simple, the first week was simple, but as time goes by, this job makes you go down a dark path mentally. You couldn’t talk to anyone at all, the hourly rates you need to reach are ridiculous, every single day your job is on the line. ( they WILL try and find any excuse to get rid of you and find another clone with a rod up its ass).

    I could go on for a while talking about how shitty working at Amazon can be, but my point is, at the end of the day it’s not worth it.. even if you believe there’s no other choice, keep looking because literally anything is better than amazon.

  • I think it’s funny all the people saying I work 10+ hours.
    First of all working more hours isn’t something to be proud of. For the most part it means you aren’t in a good paying job.
    Second of all yes you may be working 10 hours or more. But working 10+ hours in 2018 doesn’t even compare to working 10+ hours when these labor disputes were taking place.
    Even the worst minimum wage job is still required to pay overtime and pay for on the job injuries. Back than if you worked more time they didn’t pay overtime and if you got hurt on the job you were just screwed. You literally had no rights and were treated as chattel.

  • Workers worked 8 hours a day during the week and 4 hours on Saturday up to the 1950s. When I entered the workforce in the 1960s the 8 hour day included a 1/2 hour lunch break and two 15 minute coffee breaks.

  • I’m kind of happy that I’m just a warehouse worker, my boss actually works the same hours and around us and we get payed by how much we actually worked (we have a sign it/out system)
    and we did get some extra money for this weeks work (bc we worked like 8 to 6 everyday) so it was nice

  • What? You don’t automatically do your best for your employer every day? If you are worth keeping, you will do your job to the best of your ability no matter where you are.

  • The only info that wasn’t mentioned is how people chose the number 8 hours a day. During the English middle ages, it took a peasant  eight hours to plow one acre of land for his lord. Hence the eight hour workday.

  • When it’s cheaper to pay the fine for breaking the law than it is to comply with the law, um… clearly the fines aren’t high enough; raise them.

  • Been 2 weeks working from home and I made a webapp with 2 sales so far:

    Felt like I should plug my webapp because my wife got laid off due to the hotel industry dieing out. ( Got 3 daughters I need to support. )

  • I struggle with this EXACT idea. I believe there are intelligent ways to put more hours in and unintelligent ways to put more hours in. Of course, it’s subjective. But, people like Elon Musk never stop working(metaphorically), and the only way to be keep all of their ventures running successfully, they cannot just be wasting time like employees who come in at 8, not doing much and leaving at 5. Of course he’s not the only example to use like Jeff Bezos who is very big on getting his 8 hour sleep and eating breakfast with his kids, however people are different. Just saying Jeff Bezos did not put together the biggest tech company in the world by doing what he does now. It was a progression. People naturally are very not focused on everything and how they are really allocating their energy.

    I believe entrepreneurs are more committed to the self growth process than employees are.

    Also, I believe a lot of people don’t understand the idea of adding value. Companies like people that don’t just do what everyone else is doing, they like people that go above and beyond or think how can they improve certain things etc etc and those are the people that get raises, also people who play politics but that’s a whole other thing lol just don’t be dumb thinking you can do whatever everyone else is doing and expect a raise for being average.

  • Just add my parents, baby boomers, my dad worked 10 of overtime so 50 hours a week, took advantage of 40 hour work week which encouraged himself to work a bit more for that extra time an half. So that’s kind of where it went.
    He was union member in industrial chemical refinement work.
    By the way, video game moders remind me of pro-sumers. Just that I think most of them that fix other game studios buggy shit to turn it into something playable, tend not to get much if any money.

  • I’m going to my hiring event on Wednesday this would be my first job and ain’t nobody else wanna hire me so I might just have to take this opportunity ����

  • Even if your company isn’t using a ticket system, you need a ticket system. Trello is plenty capable. You should also be putting in useful comments in your commits. If your company doesn’t use version control, you need version control. That’s your notes. Companies get lazy just distributing work without tracking requests. Ticketing systems are not optional. Version control is not optional.

  • I’m surprised no one mentioned Sir Ian Kellen. His ancestor fought for labor rights in the mid 1800s and he was credited as the father of the “modern day work week” (5 days work week with weekends off).

    Check his episode on UK Who Do You Think You Are (the show). It’s there.

  • …and then in the 1970s the powers that be proclaimed “an end to Fordism and a new economic landscape”. Funny how they had to implement Michel Foucault’s “deal with the devil” (his own words) to make that landscape bearable.

  • Seems this system has bypassed my industry. I do 12 hour days 5 days a week and when required 8 hours on a Saturday which is most of the time. But we can’t say boo to a goose because we’re contractors and if we kick up about it, our contracts won’t get renewed…. and our union is garbage. And people are complaining about an 8 hour day!???

  • I wish man…., my company cut my salary by 80% and but expects me to work double saying “the company is in hard times”. And when I say work they expect us to work anytime from 10.30am to 11pm or something, I get mails at 1 am too… did I mention on Saturday and Sunday too.

  • The entire obsolete management structure needs to change.

    This whole paying people who don’t actually work (aka management) to watch over other, mostly knowledge based workers that know more than they do, is ridiculous.

    9 to 5 is equally ludicrous. Professional jobs should have a flexible asynchronous model. Many IT workers are literally on the job 24 hours anyway.
    Just as well give them a more flexible schedule. ��

  • Software jobs should not be treated the same as labor jobs. They should pay you by the project completed, not how long you can milk a project before completing it.

  • personally i would much rather have fewer longer work days and in turn get more days off. i find monday to friday makes it somewhat tough to handle dr. and other appointments because most of these also operate within same work hours. most dr. are closed during weekend.

  • Love your videos but come on! Where was the mention of this being instituted in Australia and New Zealand? 1840s and 1850s. I know every history vlog/doco wants to get into why the US is important to appeal to the biggest market but a little mention of the first countries to enact this might be important?

  • OK. as far as it goes, but would be better to look at work hours per day and actual days worked for hunter gatherers, pre modern agricultural societies and so on up to the industrial revolution, which is sort of where this video should start dealing with children in the workplace and then things like company stores, even the criminalisation of people quitting there job, yes people could be jailed for quitting while doing early factory work. The differences between early US factories, early English and early Russian, where the target work forces were very different, and then of course the health effects of factory work where repetition, regimentation and Taylorism lead to depression and suicide. Also a decent look at cycles of rest and intense work being more of a natural rhythm for the human animal rather than grinding constant endurance.

  • True. My dad works as an accountant/receptionist at a DHL warehouse for 16 hours a week but finishes early on the second day and naps for most of the day then goes home half an hour early. JUST LET HIM GO HOME

  • Thank you, I really enjoyed your video lol. Got me laughing. You are right though about Amazon. My experience with them was worse..I had to chase ppl to show me how to do things and they acted like they were too busy. They threw me in a spot without training and already talking about my rates after 2hrs of working there. The least they can do was give me a proper training but they didn’t so I walked out with my head held high.

  • I use to work 4 10’s the 3 days off was so refreshing. But the 10 hr days were tough on family stuff. Your kids r already at practice or whatever they do. Your spouse has to do all the weekday running, which could ware on them. 4 8’s would be awesome. Now if my company would have let us start day at 6am.. then alot of those family issues would not exist. But of course my company wouldn’t ever think of listening to the worker..

  • You work for EVERY.25cents on the dollar that they give you. It’s slave work, modernized with a high pay and benefits. What good are the benefits when you wear and tear your body down at age 40…. or 30…❓No benefits can bring back your body to what it was. The ONLY way it can be stopped, is by the customers that shop at Amazon and demand 1 to 2 days delivery. You ALSO learn NO…… ZERO useful job skills that you can use elsewhere, expect at another warehouse. You can work at Dollar Tree for $8 and with less time, you can move up to Assistant Store Manager and go further up and learned so GOOD job skills that you can use ANYWHERE‼️

  • Kellogg was really into promoting circumcision as well, so I’m dubious of following anything this guy wanted. However, fewer hours of more efficient work is better than longer hours, provided adequate compensation is provided, which should include the cost of living.

  • Unless corporations want to raise our wages, or reduce the costs of their products (utilities included), we need to work 40 hours to pay our bills and buy our things.

  • Personally you need to think before you agree it’s easy to have a YouTube channel Buddy I don’t think he has the qualifications to give you advice

  • Now I work 60 hour work week at Tesla 6 days a week and cant afford a Tesla and drive a ford to work….thank you Tesla real advanced system real progressive Tesla ��

  • Perhaps the professor realizes the limits of his intellect and that’s why he’s chosen to look at the Industrial Revolution from the time ONLY AFTER the many bloody deadly decades long suppression of labor with private and state thuggery yielded to the power of the working class to demand through unions the 40-hour work week. What about the American and European Industrial Revolution’s multitudinous sweat shops that forced their wage slaves, including millions of preadolescent and younger children, to work from dawn until dusk and longer for mere subsistence wages in unspeakably filthy and dangerous factories? Those factories existed as the norm in the Western Industrial World for much more than a century before just a portion of the workforce had the wherewithal to demand humane treatment from their oligarchic “industrialists.” But that widespread worker oppression and endless child exploitation is STILL the norm in all too much of the world BECAUSE your average American wage slave here in America could not care less about what is happening “over there” just as long as the American wage slave can consume themselves to death on cheap labor produced electronic gadgets that keep them as mesmerized as a chicken staring at an extended string stretched out on the ground before it.

  • Seems to be a whole lot of US based communists in these comments demanding they get more pay for less work, but not a single mention of the Bangladeshi children that do 16 hours a day making the cheap clothes and shoes for the righteous American communist. If you have the ability to watch this video, you are not poor and oppressed.

  • You’re completely missing the fact that people work more hours per year now than ever in human history with the exception of the industrial revolution. People used to work 8 hours a day and less than 180 days per year (during planting and harvest). This was true clear up until the invention of the electric lightbulb which meant factory owners could keep people working well past dark when they would normally return home. People are simply trying to recover what they already had.

  • Before people live without internet…games…that’s why there working 8 hours in days…now sad but people still work many hours nowadays becouse boss said