Long time, no see: The impact of time poverty on Australian workers

by Josh Fear, Serena Rogers and Richard Denniss

Time, as they say, is money. In fact, one of the most important aspects of our lives – what we do for a living – involves exchanging our time, in the form of labour, for money. Yet, millions of Australians ‘donate’ unpaid overtime to their employers on a regular basis. Like money, time is vital to personal wellbeing. We need enough time to keep healthy, exercise, relax, sleep, develop and maintain relationships – in other words, to live a balanced life. But there are a range of demands on people’s time that can stop us from getting enough time to do these other things. If these demands are excessive, we can say that someone is suffering from time poverty.

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