US vs Europe: hours in lab
lab_sakano at maillink.berkeley.edu
Tue Feb 20 16:32:29 EST 1996
In article <9601198247.AA824750380 at nas.edu>, jjoy at nas.edu ("Janet Joy") wrote:
> It seems that American students have little choice but to work to
> extremes since they are compared to each other in the job market. I
> wish I could believe that the American worker bees learned so much more
> and were so much more productive than their counterparts in other
> countries, but my experiences don't really support that idea. . . .
> although I admit anecdotal data should be taken with a grain of salt.
> Maybe my experiences are atypical. My suspicion is that Americans are
> just busier, but neither more creative, wise, or good at science than
> scientists in other countries.
An interesting question...do longer hours make a person more productive?
Up to a point they may. On the other hand, overwork is well known to
decrease creativity, accuracy, etc. Are Americans overworked, or
Europeans underworked? What is the ideal number of hours/week for best
productivity? What, if any, extenuating circumstances should be
addressed? Commute time? Family?
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