Two new surveys suggest that lyrics to the 1981 hit, "Morning Train," are becoming obsolete.
In 1981, Sheena Easton had a hit with “Morning Train” about a woman whose husband takes the morning train to his 9-5 job, then takes the evening train home to find her waiting for him. More than three decades later, two surveys suggest that its lyrics are becoming obsolete.
Atlanta-based Premiere Global Services Inc.’s new “Take Back 60” study finds that nearly nine-in-ten of the 617 respondents who took the online survey last month said they work more than 40 hours a week. Seven-in-ten said they take their work home at least once a week.
The study also found employees compelled to eat lunch at their desks (63 percent), while 61 percent reported having commutes of more than a half hour daily with nearly one-fourth commuting more than an hour.
“Take Back 60” is a campaign dedicated in part to helping workers reclaim 60 minutes from their overworked week,” according to a company statement. What would workers do with that extra hour? Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) said they would spend more time with family or exercise, while 31 percent would pursue a hobby. Nearly one-fourth (24 percent) would catch up on household chores and 22 percent would learn or improve a skill.
Affluent households recently surveyed by Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner would at least like to see a re-think of the 40-hour work week recast as a four-day work week. Seven-in-ten advocate the concept. Women, especially are keen on the idea, with 82 percent for it, compared with 62 percent men.
Business owners are not so keen on the idea of a four-day work-week. Less than half said they thought a four-day work week is a valid idea, although corporate executives are more enthusiastic (56 percent).
What would this new paradigm look like? Three-fourths of Millionaire Corner survey respondents envision four 10-hour days vs. four eight-hour days. Almost twice as many women as men (31 percent vs. 17 percent) favor the four eight-hour day approach, while men overwhelmingly favor the four –ten-hour day.
Another new study published in the American Sociological Question finds that the woman is not only more likely to be joining their male counterparts on that morning train, but may be bringing home a heftier paycheck than he is. Christine Schwartz, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that men are more comfortable with their wives being the household’s breadwinner.
She also found that this generation of husbands is the first to not be threatened by women who are better educated and who earn more. “Couples in which both individuals have equal levels of education are now less likely to divorce than those in which husbands have more education than their wives,” Schwartz said in a statement.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.