if you think about it, most americans have a 45 hour work week as standard. it used to be called the 9-5 and it included an hour lunch. now if i want to take an hour lunch i have to work 8-5. that's an extra hour every day.
i feel like i'm going crazy because i have never seen this brought up anywhere else, people don't even seem to notice. we're all working an extra 5 hours a week for nothing. and no one noticed. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
americans also don't have guaranteed PTO. i have never in my 3 years of working received a single day of paid leave. hell, you can't even get unpaid leave most of the time–they'll just fire you if you ask. for white collar office work. our work culture is really fucked up.
but in korea they call it "hell joseon" and their suicide rate is high because of all the unpaid overtime. japan has a word for death by overwork and is famous for strung out salarymen falling asleep on the train or under their desk. and there is no reason it has to be this way–most office workers fuck around half the day. it's nothing but cultural norms that is the reason we suffer.