How Work Has Taken Over Our Lives (Explained in One Infographic)


By Anna Williams

It's a term that surfaces a lot these days in the news and even in casual conversation: work-life balance.

But despite how much coverage the concept has gotten in recent years, there still doesn't seem to be much consensus on what's "normal" when it comes to work-life balance in America. Is there a normal? Or, for that matter, a new normal?

For one person, work-life balance may mean leaving the office at 5 p.m. every day -- and completely disconnecting from email in the process. For someone else, it may be perfectly acceptable to stay at the office late and answer company emails up until bedtime.

Curious to know where you fall on the work-life balance scale?

We were, too, so we recently surveyed people across the country to find out how the average American's work habits stack up -- from who's actually taking all of their vacation days to how many of us are guilty of checking work email when we finally do go on vacation.

Intrigued? Read on to find out how you compare.


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