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Posted in: Why do Japanese work such long hours? See in context

Ok, I do have to admit that I'm American but I'm also an American Reserve Soldier that lives their daily live as a typical American citizen day by day but living the American Soldier life when called upon. As a civilian, I work 40 hours a week and my productivity is measured by studies or metrics used by my employer. As a Soldier called to serve my nation, my productivity is measured by the lasting effects I have on the region I was assigned. That region is left entirely to myself of my superiors and the outcome is what we are evaulated on.

As a civilan, working anything over 40 hours is frown upon as it may cost the company for overtime payment. As as a Soldier, ther is no such thing as "overtime" payments. You work at the pleasury of the United States Army and you are "released" when your Commanding Officer deems your duties for the day complete. As a Soldier, I find it easier to lose myself in my work as I don't have to worry about my home life. I know that the US Army has instituted organizations to assist my family back home in coping with the hardship that comes from having a family member deployed for an extended amount of time. As such, I don't have to worry myself with such concerns. I can focus myself with my duties and the well being of my subbordinates....and that last part is the focal point of my job.

Let me make this clear, "I succeed when my team succeeds." People need time to decompress. They need time to refelct on what they've done and to decide if that's the best course of action.......and you have to allow them to reach that conculsion for themselves.

That may be a foreign concept for other Americans but as an American Soldier...that is absolutely core to my beliefs.

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