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How Australians really feel about their jobs

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Contrary to popular belief, some people do die wishing they’d spent more time at work.

You only have to read the last words of famous people, from artist Pablo Picasso to educator Maria Montessori, to see this is true. Or take the word of a US-based academic who went through all 3500 entries in Last Words of Notable People and found numerous examples of people who died thinking about their unfinished work.

Of those respondents who work more than 40 hours a week, 77 per cent don't regret it.Credit:Moodboard

Here in Australia, research suggests most people do not regret the hours they spend in paid work, even if they work more than 40 hours a week. We also derive a great deal of our sense of self-worth from paid work, though many of us regret not spending enough time with family and loved ones.

I know this feeling well – I sometimes wish I could work a full week at work and spend a full week with my loved ones and hobbies. But since no one has discovered a way of being in two places at once, we’ve had to invent the concept of “work-life balance” instead. (It’s a bit like dreaming of flying cars and coming up with Uber).

Life insurance company TAL commissioned research, including a nationally representative survey of 1035 Australian adults, to explore people’s attitudes to work and feelings of self-worth and regret.

Of those........

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