40-hour work week ain’t what it used to be

ManagementDon’t let anyone tell you you’re not doing your job.

If a recent Gallup Poll is correct, you are probably pulling your own load, and then some.

The poll, released the Friday before Labor Day, showed the 40-hour work week is a thing of the past.

The average time worked by full-time employees has ticked up to 46.7 hours a week, or nearly a full extra eight-hour day.

Just 40 percent of Americans who work full time say they clock the standard 40 hours a week. Another 50 percent say they work more than that.

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Four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours a week.

The amount of hours that all U.S. full-time employees say they typically work each week has held fairly steady over the past 14 years, except for a slight dip to just under 45 hours in Gallup’s 2004-2005 two-year average.

Part-time workers have averaged about 20 hours per week less than full-timers

The percentage of full-time workers in the U.S. has dwindled since the recession began in 2007, but the number of hours they say they work each week has held steady, at about 47.

Salaried folks, on average, work even more, with a full 25% saying they put in at least 60 hours per week.

Thus, while workers earning a salary may enjoy greater income than their counterparts who are paid hourly, they do pay a price in lost personal time, and zero overtime.

Which brings me back to this wonderful little photo I saw on the Internet this morning. I don’t know who should get credit for the photo, below. Like so many things on the Web, it seems to have been passed around forever.









Say what you will about organized labor, you gotta give ‘em that.

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