Chatterbox #284 – The cult of overwork

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In many countries, there is a cult of overworking and people are expected to work long hours. In fact, working long hours can be seen as a sign of good moral ethics. However, overworking is also a big problem for workers, as it puts a lot of stress on them. In this Chatterbox episode, Andrew and Anna discuss the cult of overworking and their experiences with this phenomenon.

Chatterbox is a series designed for intermediate and advanced English language learners. This series features conversations between two native English speakers on a variety of interesting topics.

Fun facts

According to a 2017 study, Cambodia was the country that had the longest working hours, with employees putting in an average of 2455.55 hours annually. The lowest out of the 66 countries studied? Germany! They clocked in with an average of 1353.89 hours per employee.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Near and dear to [one’s] heart
  • Dependent
  • To battle with [something]
  • At the whim of [someone]
  • Hamster wheel

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
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3 months ago

I think that working from home also increases the cult of overwork because you are in the home, which means the boss calls you anytime.

Andrew from Culips
Andrew from Culips
Reply to  yychan0303
3 months ago

That’s a great point. So many people are working from home these days, which makes it even more difficult to find work-life balance, especially when the boss can easily reach you at home! Thanks for checking out this episode and for the insightful comment.

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