When will we escape the prison of work?
Because your position is exempt from overtime pay, your salary will compensate you for all hours worked.
-Standard employment agreement
Through a glass, sharply
I don’t know what he thought about me. He never looked through the aquarium glass.
“That’s the life,” I thought to myself. “Be outside all day, have a sense of accomplishment, no one around telling you what to do or how to do it, no phone calls, no IM, no email.”
I kept on thinking how much I’d love to trade places with him. How I was tired of building PnL reports, reading about another boring power plant, handicapping regional cap-and-trade policies, and debating second-order greeks with risk managers (read: people highly paid to make sure that we weren’t cheating the house).
In short, how I was wasting my life.
Seven stories above Broadway, I went back to trading.
He kept cleaning windows.
We all have times where we’re tired of working. It’s part of the human condition.
Labor laws are well intentioned, but they often have unintended effects. The 40-hour work week was a big win for American labor a century ago. Hourly workers get paid overtime past that point, and employers are less likely to pressure employees to work longer.
But I hypothesize that this law effectively set the modern minimum workweek for us all, especially information workers (salaried folk).
Fun fact: Did you know that people in the United Kingdom can opt out of the maximum work week. In other words, said opt-er can work more hours if they choose to. 🤔😬 
That’s great for freedom and all, but what is needed is the ability to opt out of the minimum work week. Imagine if you could elect a “half-time” option when receiving a job offer. Sounds pretty good, huh?