A few weeks ago, Tracy Delphia and her co-workers indulged themselves with talk about what it would be like to be furloughed.
They wondered: Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy a little downtime and go on unemployment? Or would it be preferable to keep your job?
Now that she has lost her job as a research analyst, Delphia is pretty sure she knows the answer: It's better to be working.
"The sense of worry about, 'Will I get to go back?' sort of overrides any enjoyment someone might have from sleeping in, in the morning, or whatever," she says.