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Employers often experiment with flexible work arrangements, but eventually revert back to traditional office settings. American culture views work as a form of virtuous sacrifice, which creates a resistance towards flexibility. Employees are often expected to endure long commutes, unforgiving hours, and constant availability as prerequisites for work in America.
Americans define work as a form of virtuous sacrifice, which makes discomfort a cultural prerequisite for work.
The resistance to flexible work arrangements is deeply ingrained in American culture, which views relaxation and happiness as incompatible with productivity. Office misery is often portrayed in American pop culture, perpetuating the narrative that work is inherently unpleasant. This cultural assumption makes it difficult for alternative work arrangements to gain widespread acceptance in the United States.
Office misery is a dominant motif in American pop culture. Everyone from Mr. Incredible to the hapless intern in "The Devil Wears Prada" is saddled with the same combination of mind-numbing tasks, dastardly office politics and impossible deadlines because, well, that's what work is.