Is a phrase used to describe someone whose work absorbs a large amount of their waking hours, thus squeezing out other activities, in particular a social life and family. The compensation—and indeed the reason—for working so hard is that remuneration is high. This distinctly middle-class phenomenon is not so much a problem as a lifestyle choice (see downshifting and work-life balance). More poignantly, there are others lower on the socioeconomic scale who are both time poor and cash poor because they are working long hours for low wages. This is rarely a choice they have made. [See minimum wage.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.