Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Give Us Time off over Extra Pay Any Day

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Give Us Time off over Extra Pay Any Day

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You probably did not need a poll to tell you that U.S. workers want more leisure time.

In fact, if you are a working adult and are spending time today reading this column, well, thank you. You probably have a burning or at least nagging to-do list of chores, errands and obligations.

With that in mind, you also might not be surprised to hear that a poll, sponsored by Shell Oil Co., found that given the choice between an extra day off work every two weeks or an extra day's wages or salary during the same time period, the majority of those surveyed -- 58 percent -- opted for the time.

When you narrow the focus a bit more to workers aged 35 to 64, 67 percent chose time over money.

And more than half of all working adults, or 56 percent, say they work Monday through Friday but given the option, most would prefer to put in four 10-hour days rather than five 8-hour days.

(The poll didn't speak to the probabability that some folks are putting in five 10-hour, or longer, days each week.)

And in another not surprising finding, that time crunch really squeezes mothers employed outside the home.

Forty-three percent of employed moms say they have an hour or less (that's under 60 minutes) of personal leisure time on a typical weekday.

Weekends offer little relief. Almost all of those employed mothers (the poll says 98 percent), spend time on weekends doing chores in the house or the yard, and 92 percent run errands.

On Sunday nights, almost 75 percent of them ask where the weekend went rather than feel rested enough to hurtle joyfully into another week of work.

Vacation? Good luck. Sixty-seven percent of employed mothers say they have not taken a weeklong vacation away from home within the past year.

This sixth edition of The Shell Poll, conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, interviewed 1,011 randomly selected America adults over five days in April. The margin of error is 3.3 percentage points, plus or minus.

Still, don't think workers don't like their jobs.That would be wrong.

The poll does not show that Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. On the contrary, 78 percent of working adults liked their jobs. …

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