Cold Spring Shops has long maintained that emergent worker behavior will lead to shorter working hours and getting off the 24/7 treadmill. "Whether your model of behavior is "Going Galt" or "Take This Job and Shove It", the resistance grows." Here's a report from the front lines of Manhattan, likely to be the last refuge of the frenetic striver.
Perhaps people are looking around at the intensity of how we work and are constantly connected and are taking a step back wanting to simplify and enjoy their life through something that they are truly passionate about.  I am not so sure we are slowing down but we are shifting.  We are moving into the next generation post-2008 when the world imploded.  We might be slowly coming out of that time but the economy, the Internet, the world is a very different place.  The changes are subtle now but in a few years we will see them more intensely as the generation graduating from college now makes their mark on the world and the ones jumping off their career paths.
And you have to love the graphic that accompanies the post.

Her post elaborates on the discovery by the bosses' newspaper of tired people pushing back, right under their noses.
Single professionals report going to extremes to manage non-work duties—buying extra socks and sheets to avoid doing laundry, cooking and freezing 20 meals at once to save time or jamming two or three workouts into the weekend to try to stay in shape.

A 37-year-old New Jersey project consultant with an active social life says she faces piles of dirty dishes, laundry and unanswered mail when she gets home each evening, and she can't get started on important financial planning.
Note: singles. This isn't your standard Two-Income Trap or lack of family friendly policies stuff, this is burning out your human capital, plain and simple. And the human capital is beginning to decide that, recession jobless recovery or no, it's not worth it, despite emergent attempts of employers to let workers have a life.
As pressure to increase sales kept mounting, "I was really becoming more irritable," avoiding social activities, [onetime ad-sales representative Craig Ellwanger] says. Battling insomnia, he stopped seeing friends and stayed home alone on weekends, watching football on TV and putting off laundry, grocery shopping and paying bills. Although he normally relishes cooking, he reverted to dining on ramen noodles.

Finally in January, he quit, telling himself, "I've got to do this before I go crazy."
A microeconomist's take on the economic recovery: watch the separations statistics. It's likely that a lot of workers are putting up with being on call all the time out of the fear that the only thing worse than being overworked is being out of work. But as those green shoots develop and hiring picks up, watch for people using their exit option.

It's also encouraging that employers are recognizing the folly of protecting their workers who are parents because they expect the single people to cover for them.
Many employers have added "work-life benefits," such as flexible scheduling and personal time off, in an effort to keep all kinds of employees happy, with and without kids and spouses.

But the benefits only go so far. Heavy workloads keep many employees from using them. And for men and women alike, some managers still assume singles don't have anything to do but work and pile on extra duties and projects, according to research by Wendy Casper, an associate professor of management at the University of Texas at Arlington.
It might be the case that some of those single people work as a way of separating themselves from the pack. On the other hand, observers of workplace dynamics might want to look for pushback from single employees asked to cover so that a colleague can get to a soccer match, or, more deliciously, divorce court.

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