The Work Ethic Lives!

Americans labor harder and at more jobs than ever

After putting in a standard 40-hour week, a growing number of workers in -- let's say, Country X -- labor at second and even third jobs. Those who cannot find regular full-time employment take whatever part-time or temporary jobs they can get. Minor illnesses or family troubles are not allowed to interfere with work; absenteeism has dropped to the lowest levels since the early 1970s. Employees regularly say they would prefer still longer hours and higher incomes to more leisure and less pay. This is not just idle talk; money-losing companies sometimes persuade their workers to sacrifice days off in order...