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MAN: Did you find time today to vacuum the cat and manicure the lawn? Of course you didn't. Then maybe you could do with the services of Ten UK, or Time Energy Network, a company which has brought American-style concierge services to Britain. Ten UK sells something that, in our stressed, overworked population, is at a premium – time – and is the ultimate in time management. With the longest working hours in Europe, a rise both in dual-income families and in single-person households, and the highest proportion of working women in Europe, Britons could well be in need of organisations which manage their time to better effect. Moreover, the frequently low standard of service in Britain – the tendency of service providers to go for short-term profits rather than quality service over a period of time – means that many people are wasting precious time and energy chasing up late deliveries and trying to rectify shoddy workmanship. To counter this, Ten UK search out the best possible services at the lowest feasible price for their steadily growing list of clients. There are those who have their doubts about 'lifestyle management'. They argue that, in a nation where privacy is highly valued and one's home is one's castle, it may not be desirable to allow others to control one's life, and that it isn't healthy for a stressed, work-obsessed culture to use services to enable people to work even more.
The speaker claims that time management may be needed in Britain
of trends in working patterns.
Britons are generally disorganised.
of a desire to copy the American lifestyle.
Those who distrust lifestyle management believe that it may...
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