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Remedying 24/7 work schedules

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Exhausted young guns on Wall Street have learned what the rest of America is finding out: Sacrificing your life to your job may not be worth it.

Umber Ahmad was one of those people, first at Morgan Stanley and then at Goldman Sachs. She compares the long hours and all-nighters to serving in the army.

“The military will show you that sleep deprivation is a form of torture,” she says.

Ahmad eventually left Goldman to start a bakery. Although she kept a hand in the financial world, she’s not alone in bailing out. Now these harrowing schedules have spread from Wall Street to Main Street, and some employers are enforcing reasonable hours and work-free vacations.

— Adapted from “Overworked and underwhelmed,” Dawn Kopecki, Bloomberg Markets.

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