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L. Lintott llintott at shaw.ca
Tue Mar 5 03:19:49 EST 2002


patricia bowne wrote:
> Una Smith wrote:
> >
> > There seems to be a common falacy that workload is lighter SOMEWHERE
> > ELSE, so new PhDs "switch" to industry and a 40hr workweek, and people
> > in industry talk about how easy life is in academia.  Ditto teaching
> > colleges:  it's a 9-5 job, its not a 9-5 job.  I think the difference
> > is all in the person, not in the job.  I used to work 60+ weeks, and
> > feel stressed and resentful.  Then I decided not to do that anymore.
> > If anything, I am now more productive, doing more good work in 40hr
> > than I used to do in 60.  And I have time for family and friends and
> > hobbies and sports.  A non-trivial part of the difference is that now
> > I waste no time complaining about working too much.
> >
> There's certainly a lot of truth in this. I've known people who spend
> hours and hours at work talking with colleagues and then complain that
> they have to work overtime to get their jobs done.  But there are
> differences, particularly for scientists, between jobs that require
> teaching and research and those that only require teaching.  At the
> University I attended, all the faculty were doing research in their labs
> on weekends and holidays, and during the summers (unless they were in
> the field). Where I work now, if I go in on a weekend I will usually be
> the only person in my department who is there.
> Admittedly, I work pretty steadily when I'm in the office. But if I had
> a research load on top of my teaching schedule, I'd never get done in 40
> hours a week.
> Pat

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