Should we salute the long hours culture?

An excellent article in yesterday’s FT by Stefan Stern on today’s workplace, Success at work is a drug that becomes an addiction. His final comment is one that will resonate with many corporate lawyers, as we work ever longer hours,

The best and most subversive question to be asked about the “long hours culture” is this: why don’t you want to go home?

When I was an articled clerk, and just writing that dates me, my principal, one of the best corporate lawyers I have met, made it clear that office hours (9.00 to 5.15 in those days) meant for me just that. He didn’t expect to see me in the office much after 5.30, and he himself was gone not much later. How things change, and not always for the better.

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