Would Life Be Better if You Worked Less?

People in the U.S. are trying out new ways of working that involve fewer hours.

Would Life Be Better if You Worked Less?

Stephen E. Griffith worked up to 80 hours per week. The bureaucracy was frustrating to Griffith.

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He wanted to spend more time with his family. He decided to quit his successful practice in Kansas City, Mo., and work less.

He now works about one-half to two thirds of the time he used too, taking on temporary assignments through a medical staffing agency and sometimes even traveling as far as Oregon. He is still a doctor who heals people. He also continues to do so.

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He lives with his wife. He takes his children to music class. He's taken

More vacations

In recent months, he has been to Hawaii, Grand Cayman and Mexico, which is more than he was able to do in all his years as a hospital-employed doctor.