Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Model Answer – IELTS (Task 2)

Working hours are too long and people are not spending as much time as they should with their families or on leisure activities.

What is your opinion on this?

Due to factors like the economic crisis, changes in the labour market and a consumer society, workers are staying at work beyond the prescribed eight hours per day. Working such long hours, of course means that free time spent at home with their families or on leisure activities is reduced.

Firstly, it is necessary and rewarding for people to be engaged in paid employment. The head of a household should provide for the needs of the family and in doing so feels worthy, has self-esteem and confidence. But I do believe that people work more than they should at the cost of spending time with their families and enjoying their free time on a hobby.

Employed people should relax and energize themselves in order to be more productive at work. Likewise, spending time with family members should be a priority as it strengthens bonds and produces healthy, balanced adults. Everyone also needs to have a hobby which relaxes them and takes their minds off their daily, tiring routine. Leisure activities are part of an individual’s social life and it helps them meet new people and network outside their work environment.

In conclusion, laws that maintain an eight hour working day and allow for compulsory holiday periods should be kept. Although people need to work in a fast paced, competitive society which values money and wealth above other aspects of life, families should spend time at home and on their hobbies. Without having something positive to look forward to such as quality family time, workers become exhausted and unmotivated.

Question from p. 44 Intermediate Objective IELTS Student’s book

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