October 24 is National Take Back Your Time Day.
It’s both fantastic and sad that there’s an organization in America called Take Back Your Time. It’s sad that we need it, but fantastic that there are people who realize that we’re slowly simmering in a pressure cooker. Their motto is “challenging time poverty and overwork in America.”
Take Back Your Time supports legislation which will give American workers guaranteed paid vacation. To find out why that’s a big deal, read their article here.
According to their research:
* 166 of 168 countries guarantee paid leave for mothers in connection with childbirth. 45 countries offer such leave to fathers. The U.S. does neither.
* 139 countries guarantee paid sick leave. The U.S. does not.
*96 countries guarantee paid annual (vacation) leave. The U.S. does not.
* 84 countries have laws that fix a maximum limit on the workweek. The U.S. does not.
* 37 countries guarantee parents paid time off when children are sick. The U.S. does not.
On the one hand, the United States has one of the strongest economies in the world, full of residents who work their tails off to live the American dream. On the other hand, we’ve got some of the leading rates when it comes to health woes, medication consumption, and stress levels. We have so much freedom to choose how we live our lives, so are we actually in time poverty? As a women’s keynote productivity speaker, I’m curious if we need legislation to correct it?
What are your thoughts?