Osprey1 wrote:As a U.S. citizen I think the lack of a law requiring companies to provide at least 20 days Paid Time Off is abhorrent. I'm hoping that in the next few years on the state level we can pass initiatives that will ensure Americans not only have time off to kite, but also to spend with their families and take care of themselves when sick.
Unfortunately the trend of providing paid time off is regressing in major corporations of which using the top tech companies for example only provide 15 days. If you have children these days are quickly used up caring for them when they are sick, and you're lucky to schedule a week vacation.
With no downtime no wonder 1 in 10 Americans are on anti-depressants.
Yep us Aussies have been following America down the capitalistic 'free market..hahah' black hold for a long time now and it shows. We can all learn something from our Nordic friends in my opinion. I have friends in "professional' fields even in here that are lucky to be able to take 3 to 4 days off at any one time. The stats show we actually (and surprisingly) work some of the longest hours of any country. And just about everything is privatised here or owned by multinational companies (we have sold most of our infrastructure now, and even our land is being bought up as we speak by the Chinese) and we pay for it!
Life is getting busier and busier and more and more focused around work. It's not healthy and it shows with dramatically increasing mental illness and indeed obesity issues.
There is no long term agenda in my country, no historical perspective, it's all about making quick money and NOW...and just like in America the social fabric is getting torn to shreds.
Personally I have many American friends and in the end we are all the same, but they can keep there way of life I won't no part in it.