In a fascinating account of work-addiction by Melissa Gregg, we meet Miranda, a pricing manager in a telecommunications firm.

Miranda is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. When her husband arrives at the hospital, she is barely conscious and only able to whisper a few words. Sadly it isn’t the kids she calls for. The first thing Miranda wants is to phone the office because her presentation might not be happening tomorrow – but if they send a laptop to the emergency ward she will see what can be done to salvage the situation. This anecdote is shocking, but not that surprising.