Working hard

Rachelle J. Bienstock rachelle at picard.niehs.nih.gov
Mon Mar 3 10:01:08 EST 1997


This entire line equating the number of hours worked to working hard
is annoying...A person can be in science and take articles, journals,
and books to read at home, and work on papers and answering e-mail
at home and still be accessible to their children and family when
needed....They can also be more productive when they are in their
lab at work and sit around eating donuts and make less small talk
with people...When you are paying someone a significant fraction
of your salary to watch your child/children you are going to make
the most of your time...

I should also mentioned that scientists in industry are not expected
to work 60 or 80 hour work weeks and are certainly compensated far
better than graduate students...They are expected to be professionals
and to perform the work necessary and required but they are not 
expected to punch a time clock...If there is somekind of dead line
or they are preparing a manuscript, patent or presentation they may
work additional hours but it is rare on a regular basis...



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