New York City Mayor and possible Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg told the students at CUNY - Staten Island at graduation: “'If you’re the first one in the morning and the last one to leave at night and you take fewer vacation days and never take a sick day, you will do better than the people who don’t do that. It is very simple'..He praised his father, William H. Bloomberg, 'who worked seven days a week his entire life until he checked himself into the hospital to die.'”
The WSJ, whence comes this pearl of wisdom, recently published a column about how 20somethings don't see the point of working their asses off like this,
either because they are just impatient or because "the rules have changed" or because they know jobs come and go and their loyalty is unlikely to be reciprocated. The frat brothers at Employee Evolution (one of whom is quoted in the article) are always talking about this issue.
I don't know if it's time to bemoan the death of hard work or not. Most of the young people I know seem to work pretty hard and concern themselves with work quite a bit, but maybe that's because they happen to have chosen careers they feel strongly about and identify themselves with. It's less about career advancement or ambition and more about the meaning of the work they do.
But most people I know don't spend most weekends at the office, either.