Support the 1<font size=1><sup>1</sup>/<sub>2</sub></font>-income household. When workers deserve raises, offer them time instead.
The end of the 20th century saw significant changes in the way we work. Perhaps the biggest was the movement toward the two-income family. No longer was dad working and mom staying home with the kids. Instead, both adults worked. As a result, we all ended up totally time-deprived, and the "currency" of the day shifted to time more than money. The family meal went from one hour to six minutes. The vacation went from two weeks to a weekend getaway. (Europeans still have four weeks; now that's living!) New service industries-from dog walkers to personal shoppers-showed up on the radar screen . . . and reaped great success.
Twenty or so years into this phenomenon, we're seeing new evolutionary shifts. Many two-income families are now 11/2-income families. One of the two earners in the household continues to focus more energy on his or her work, striving to obtain above-inflation raises, merit increases and promotions-anything to push the household income as fast as it can to higher levels.
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