Letter: No playtime on corporate battlefield

Sitting at a desk is bad for your

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While I agree with columnist Anne Michaud's recommendation that workers increase their playtime -- who wouldn't? -- the reality is that in the cold, cruel world, employers could care less about the optimal balance most people attempt to achieve, or the negative effect overwork can produce ["Don't fear adding to life's juggling act," Opinion, March 20].

What they demand is your complete, unadulterated, absolute attention and availability, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. "There are 24 hours in a day, feel free to use them all," is the corporate mantra, and most employees, regardless of their location in the food chain, do.

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I'd like Michaud and Wharton School business professor Stew Friedman to know that no matter how talented, educated and experienced you are, there are two overarching entities ever present: the door, and that eager, panting replacement salivating over the possibility that you may use it.

As much as play sounds like an effective means to productivity, most employers on this bloody corporate battlefield will tell you to reserve that luxury for prekindergarten.

Michele E. Garafolo, Lindenhurst


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