Over Work

Transforming the Daily Grind in the Quest for a Better Life

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Pub Date Sep 17 2024 | Archive Date Oct 18 2024
Henry Holt & Company | Henry Holt and Co.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Overwhelmed, a deeply reported exploration of why American work isn’t working and how our lives can be made more meaningful

Following Overwhelmed, Brigid Schulte’s groundbreaking examination of time management and stress, the prizewinning journalist now turns her attention to the greatest culprit in America’s quality-of-life crisis: the way our economy and culture conceive of work. Americans across all demographics, industries, and socioeconomic levels report exhaustion, burnout, and the wish for more meaningful lives. This full-system failure in our structure of work affects everything from gender inequality to domestic stability, and it even shortens our lifespans.

Drawing on years of research, Schulte traces the arc of our discontent from a time before the 1980s, when work was compatible with well-being and allowed a single earner to support a family, until today, with millions of people working multiple hourly jobs or in white-collar positions where no hours are ever off duty. She casts a wide net in search of solutions, exploring the movement to institute a four-day workweek, introducing Japan’s Housewives Brigade—which demands legal protection for family time—and embedding with CEOs who are making the business case for humane conditions. And she demonstrates the power of a collective and creative demand for change, showing that work can be organized in an infinite number of ways that are good for humans and for business.

Fiercely argued and vividly told, rich with stories and informed by deep investigation, Over Work lays out a clear vision for ending our punishing grind and reclaiming leisure, joy, and meaning.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Overwhelmed, a deeply reported exploration of why American work isn’t working and how our lives can be made more meaningful

Following Overwhelmed, Brigid...


Advance Praise

“A bold vision for transforming work from a burden that takes over our lives into an activity that enriches them. Brigid Schulte is a vital voice on the future of work, and her carefully researched book lights the way to fewer hours, less stress, and more meaning.”

—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and Hidden Potential, and host of the podcast WorkLife

“Revelatory and inspiring, Over Work delivers the hopeful news that real change is possible.”

—Ai-jen Poo, President, National Domestic Workers Alliance, and author of The Age of Dignity

“Over Work is a comprehensive, timely, and humane exploration of the great work-life conundrum.”

—Alec MacGillis, reporter and author of Fulfillment: America in the Shadow of Amazon

“As with her first book, Overwhelmed, Brigid Schulte has once again captured the zeitgeist and brought it home to us with a mix of unforgettable people and unacceptable facts. The American workplace needs the same kind of dramatic transformation that Henry Ford created a century ago. Overwork shows us how.”

—Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America and Author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family

Over Work is a powerful, hard-hitting critique of the shabby, callous way that many American corporations treat their workers, whether at fast-food companies or fancy law firms. Well-researched and well-argued, the book proposes changes and examines companies and countries with innovative policies that ensure workers are treated humanely and with respect.”

—Stephen Greenhouse, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up

“In her fantastic new book, Brigid Schulte combines meticulous research with compelling profiles to argue that the exhausting way we work today is a choice.”

—Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author of Slow Productivity and Digital Minimalism

“Brigid Schulte is one of America’s foremost caretakers of the idea of care. Over Work will stick with you.”

—Alissa Quart, author of Bootstrapped and Squeezed

“For anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed or burnt out due to work, it is not your fault... Over Work is a call to action for work cultures that allow everyone to have meaningful lives and be more productive employees. A must-read!”

—Amy Diehl, author of Glass Walls: Shattering the Six Gender Bias Barriers Still Holding Women Back at Work

“Through tales of resilience and resistance, from advocating for better labor laws to fostering individual agency, Over Work urges readers to challenge entrenched myths, embrace meaningful change, and envision a future where work truly works for all.”

—Heather McGhee, bestselling author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

“Over Work is a must-read for anyone who cares about the strength of the American economy and the people who propel it.”

—Heather McCulloch, Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program

“A bold vision for transforming work from a burden that takes over our lives into an activity that enriches them. Brigid Schulte is a vital voice on the future of work, and her carefully researched...


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