Nowadays, people spend too much time at work to the extent that they hardly have time for their personal life. Discuss.

In the contemporary society, more and more people are drowning in the office’s hustle and bustle, pursuing their shimmering and sometimes illusion goals, unable to withdraw themselves from the predicament that less and less time is spent together with their families and friends.

Long working hours are the norm these days, and that is hardly surprising. In this competitive job scenario, people are forced to work harder and harder. When people spend more hours working, they get less time for themselves. This is not necessarily a positive development because it can lead to health problems as well as the disruption of families and personal relationships. Some people work overtime voluntarily while some are compelled by external forces such as senior staffs and mandatory sales target.

Nonetheless, behind both cases, there is one common account which is people’s hot pursuit of material possession, which is, in no small extent, proportional to prestige and social status. Human’s society is saturated with competition, as the total resource is limited and the allocation of these resources to individuals largely depends on how hard you try, and how many opportunities you can seize. Consequentially, more people choose to give up their leisure time, striving in the illuminated office with a cup of coffee.

However, by sacrificing their time, they have scrambled to the pinnacle of their career, sitting on the hill of gold and trophies, only to find no one is willing to share the moment with them – they are all alone. Their family is teetering on the brink of being broken, and their friends are no longer sincere and hearty; instead of being fruitful as anticipated, their life ends up being mired. This situation also jeopardizes the whole society by enlarging the gap between individuals and compelling society into a vicious.

Life is not all about achieving and accomplishing. I assert that it is probably the time for some people to take a pause. A proper work-life balance is essential to lead a contented life. It is hoped that companies arrange their working hours in such a way that employees also get some time for themselves.