How Work Has Taken Over Our Lives (Explained in One Infographic)

By Anna Williams

It's a term that surfaces a lot these days in the news and even in casual conversation: work-life balance.

But despite how much coverage the concept has gotten in recent years, there still doesn't seem to be much consensus on what's "normal" when it comes to work-life balance in America. Is there a normal? Or, for that matter, a new normal?

For one person, work-life balance may mean leaving the office at 5 p.m. every day -- and completely disconnecting from email in the process. For someone else, it may be perfectly acceptable to stay at the office late and answer company emails up until bedtime.

Curious to know where you fall on the work-life balance scale?

We were, too, so we recently surveyed people across the country to find out how the average American's work habits stack up -- from who's actually taking all of their vacation days to how many of us are guilty of checking work email when we finally do go on vacation.

Intrigued? Read on to find out how you compare.


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I used to work two jobs 14 hours a day 6 days/nights week. warehouse Hyster forklift, cherrypicker operator, orderfiller then a 2nd job Vaccuming the Bank Of America Tower's carpet floors at nights, saw these "million of dollar" checks on executives' desks and these were worthless to me to see cuz I was looking forward to my hard earned paychecks each week. I can relate to others that have to work 2 or 3 jobs. *Now life's simple. *Few hours a week. Karma's good to those whop work hard in their youth.

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December 04 2013 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Work, now that's foreign to a Democrat.

December 03 2013 at 3:17 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Work has taken over your life because ...todays parents have to buy all the high dollar gagets for there BRAT KIDS,,,THAT ARE SPOLIT......
Todays parents count to 10,,,,,,,rather than give a good old fashion butt whipping.!!!!

December 03 2013 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply