Ethical Dilenma Are U.S Workers Overworked?

Topics: United States, Europe, Unemployment Pages: 2 (674 words) Published: March 4, 2013
Why do you think the quality of life is lower in the United States compared to many European nations? Do you think quality of life in the United States would increase if the government required a minimum number of vacation days or limited workweek hours?

The quality of life is lower in the United States compared to European nations because, in my opinion, most Americans are overworked and stressed out. The European nation’s tribute their high quality of life to their nation’s free healthcare, generous unemployment benefits, and greater emphasis on leisure as opposed to work. In the United States, free health care is not available to all individuals and most of the population is without healthcare, therefore the quality of life for some is low. I don’t think American’s would like the government to mandate or require a minimum number of vacation days or limited workweek hours. One reason being that the longer a person stays with a company the vacation time allowed is usually increased over a period of time. If the government mandates a limited amount of vacation companies would see a lot of turnover. Therefore, I doubt the quality of life would increase by another government mandate and employers may not like increased turnover because it is costly. Many employers and employees see the quality of life increasing with balanced work-life integration, flexible hours and less stress. Also if we look at the situation in which U.S is a larger country and Europe countries compare to size wise are much smaller, not only that, but U.S need to work the extensive hours to keep up their exceptionalism and make their people to be on a certain standard. U.S not only “fix” or improve their countries but others countries to, so they already have that burden to carry for extra-work.

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