The growing culture of overwork is becoming increasingly endemic and is not just a problem in the UK, USA or Australia. In several western countries patterns of overwork are emerging in both public and private sectors.
Although we all tell ourselves we need to address our work-life balance, have we ever thought about the effect we are having on the next generation? Careers and success will always be an important part of everyone's life, but that doesn't mean success should have to come at so high a price.
The death this week of city intern, Moritz Erhardt, was a tragic and pointless loss of a young man's life. More disturbing still is that his death (reportedly caused by a heart attack) is not an isolated incident. Within the last few years there have been five reported suicides at one city site alone. It's time we started joining up the dots.
Last week a summer intern at a global investment bank in London died after allegedly working for 72 hours without sleep. He was 21. Whilst Moritz Erhardt's parents are trying to come to terms with this tragedy, the coroners in East London are investigating the exact cause of death...
We work because it pays the bills and if we are lucky, allows us to do interesting things and, usually, provides a sense of camaraderie that comes with being with others in the same position. Though few will not wish they could earn more, the reality is that money is not as important as the satisfaction that comes from a feeling of being in control.