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When Did Insane Work Hours Become Normal?
Last month, the White House made a decision to increase the income threshold under which workers qualify for overtime pay. Though this new rule may not be a particular victory for real estate agents, it points out a problem (enough where the government had to get involved): Americans are working longer hours … without the benefits.
At what point did “making it big” turn from more leisure opportunities into more work? There’s almost an unseen cultural change. Working longer hours -- having the ability to do so -- has become a sign of privilege in our society. Top performers are the people pulling in more time … punching the clock later.
But is this where the real estate industry should be?
As I hear stories from agents and brokers alike, there’s a common thread: How do I create a work-life balance? And more importantly, how do I do it when the world is so connected through mobile devices, email, and so on? Even apps like Slack and HipChat are becoming the next craze. When do we evaluate the trade-off between accessibility/service and stress/burnout?
I’ll be the first to say I don’t have answers. This is where I look forward to the comments, honestly. And as ... more

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