Making the best of a bad job

Most people in employment who could afford to do so would accept less money in exchange for more free time. The reason we do not ask for this alternative is the fear of committing career suicide, since wanting more time off does not exactly convey ambition and commitment. But this may change since, in this economic downturn, management are likely to appreciate that less pay and more unpaid leave will crucially lower costs. Many companies have already managed to negotiate temporary factory closures and reduced working hours with staff on unpaid leave in order to protect their jobs. Whether the militant public service unions will allow their members to show such flexibility and common sense is, of course, another matter altogether.

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