I don't want to be a manager - I don't want that responsibility, but I do want challenging work. I'm just saying, I would take a job with more flexible hours over one without. That's not to say I wouldn't take a job with more strict hours for a time. However, I very much dislike it when I don't have challenging work to do. I want to have a job that intellectually satisfies me. However, work is not my life. Career is important and it weighs heavily in work related decisions, but I weigh other aspects of my life just as heavily. -hepcat
'Work ethic' or more exactly 'lack of work ethic' is why you can't get those low responsibility, flexible hours jobs like telcom rep anymore here in the US - these jobs have gone to where people are happy to work hard and work within the constraints of today's business models, such as work hours based upon OTHER PEOPLE'S NEEDS and job conditions based on the JOB AT HAND. Fast food chains offer the most flexible jobs, with the least responsibility, and brain surgeon requires the most responsibility and least flexible hours - and tho you could argue that both jobs are the same (service, dealing with people, using cutting utensils) they are very different. That's why the fry cook at McD get $6/hr and the surgeon gets $5,000. True, the surgeon has amore pressured work environment, but he also gets REWARDED for his energy.