Wednesday, September 28, 2005
"overemployment refers to a situation where workers are willing but unable at their current jobs to reduce the amount of time they devote to earning an income. Many people go through a spell at some point when they would prefer shorter work hours...
Thus, overemployment involves involuntary hours of work, even if no overtime per se is involved and even when symptoms of overwork are not yet present. Suffice it to say that the main cause of overemployment is the inherently inflexible nature of most jobs, workplaces, corporate cultures, and work-scheduling structures. But overemployment not only reduces the well-being of workers, but also of others whose employment and income-earning prospects are thereby diminished."