O'HARA, Bruce

Author Tags: Advice

A 1986 Gallup Poll discovered that 45% of full-time Canadian workers would like to rearrange their work hours. One-third of workers would prefer to work less, even if it means earning less. Bruce O'Hara's Put Work In Its Place ($12.95 Soules Distributing, 1988) was a guide to redesigning and renegotiating job schedules. "Self-publishing was natural for us," said O'Hara, director and founder of Victoria's Work Well society, promoted as 'Canada's first Work Options Resource Centre', "because we have a mailing list of over 1,000 people who have dealt with our organization." O'Hara later re-released two titles with much the same content, Working Harder Isn't Working (New Star, 1993) and Put Work in its Place (New Star, 1994). These were followed by Enough Already! Breaking Free in the Second Half of Life (New Star, 2004). "It sometimes feels naively arrogant to have a written a book about the second half of life at age 52," O'Hara says, "a bit like a 13-year-old trying to write about adolescence. So let me say up front, I am too green to this process to be an 'expert'. I wrote this book for me as much as anyone else; this is the book I wish someone had given me on my 50th birthday--or, better yet, the day I turned 40."

[BCBW 2004] "Advice"