If you look at hours worked, there's little difference between what we expect people to do today and what we did in the 80s. What has changed is the intensity, pace and complexity of the work, especially in the digital sector. In the 'good old days', working late had more to do with displays of machismo than anything else. Today, people work long hours because they have to. And they don't have the 'long lunch' either - that's probably a good thing! - Mark Collier
The Nabs helpline is still taking calls from people who've felt they 'can't say no'. The effects of stress can be sudden. If work is enjoyable, you might not realise until very late that you've been doing too much - Gill Harris
Next Week's i-Q: Has big brother lost its way?
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