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1The Culture of OverworkAshwajit KambleFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca UniversityPHIL 152: Assignment 3Chris LepockNovember 5, 2020
2The Culture of Overwork
4Very good. 20/20“The Culture of Overwork” by Judy Rebick, Chapter 9, is the essay selected for this assignment. The scanned copy of the note preparation is attached.
5II.The essay topic was overworking and the workplace's general expectations, and is itrealistic or excessive? That’s too detailed—the topic is just overwork. The purpose of theexposition is to educate and alert those who feel overworked, abused by employers, and feel guilty when they decide to disengage from the workaholic nature. To persuade. The author is warning other overworked individuals to start questioning the overwork culture and execute strategies to reduce being overworked.The principalmain idea of this essay is explicit as the writer states, “Still, I feel a little twinge of guilt that my work wasn't getting done even though years ago I decided to break free from the workaholic behaviour that was driving my life” (Rebick 426). Rebick is also addressing the diverse ways we can decline to be overworked. It is an argument that persuades to elicit a reaction from the reader and then compel them to act upon this ethical appeal. “Overwork is becoming a cultural norm and it’s bad for us.” (426)Judy Rebick presents “The Culture of Overwork” (426) [the title of the essay doesn’t get a citation. If you quote the phrase “the culture of overwork” it should be cited,but should not be capitalized] and how it has converted into a cultural standard for many individuals: she. She discusses how workaholic behaviour devastates many by following expectations of work versus truth and its consequence on individual lives[unclear] (427). There are many contributing determinants to being overburdened, from non-standard jobs, weakened labour regulations and technology, allowing us to work from wherever (427) virtually. As perAccording to Rebick, one-third of people typically aged 25 to 44 who work extended hours, causing tension, depression, burnout, and numerous other noxious maladies among themselvescall themselves workaholics (427). [The underlined
6is what she says the health effects of overwork are. Those are two separate claims—one about the health effects of overwork and one about the proportion of people who call themselves workaholics.] There are various contributing circumstances to being overworked, such as lengthy irregular hours, which distort families' and couples' relationships. Another factor is employers who themselves majorlyadded to this by ignoring labour laws, assigning a great expectation of work onto employees, employees operating much more for less such as going for free overtime or bringing work home.