Leisure is the new productivity

Story highlights

  • In the United States, white-collar workers work longer than peers in most advanced countries
  • Brigid Schulte: We need to recapture our lost leisure; more work doesn't raise productivity
  • She says companies reward workers for how long they sit at their desks, not for what they do

Brigid Schulte is author of "Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when No One has the Time," a fellow at New America and a staff writer at the Washington Post. This is the second in a series, "Big Ideas for a New America," in which the Washington-based think tank New America spotlights experts' solutions to the nation's greatest challenges. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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