Spreading the work around

A million years ago, analysts like Juliet Schor were talking about how Americans are overworked. Over a 20 year period, Schor demonstrated, Americans’ working hours had increased by what amounted to an entire month per year, far outpacing any other industrialized country.

Nowadays it’s crass to discuss overwork when so many Americans are out of work. But what if we could solve both problems at once? Rather than sitting around hoping the economy creates more jobs, why not redistribute the work we already have?

Please take the unscientific poll below, and we’ll see if this idea has legs. (If you don’t currently have a job, take the survey as it applied during your last job.)