There’s no Such Thing as a ’40-Hour’ Workweek

Gallup: “Adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours.”

Average Hours Worked by Full-Time U.S. Workers, Aged 18+

“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. While four in 10 workers put in a standard 40-hour workweek, many others toil longer than that, including nearly one in five (18%) who work a grueling 60 hours or more. That translates into 12-hour days from Monday to Friday — or into shorter weekdays with lots of time spent working on the weekends.”

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  • HeraSentMe

    The bad part is that most of the 41+ hour a week workers don’t get the overtime pay they should.

    • MrBeale

      And that many of them are barely making ends meet.
      It’s one thing if someone who really wants to rake in the dough is putting in 60 hours a week. But a lot of these people are making minimum wage and barely getting by.

  • embo66

    This report also reminds me of another recent study showing that most Americans don’t take their full allotment of vacation days (among the lucky ones who even get this benefit), while a significant percentage took no vacation at all!

    Yet despite this devotion to work, wages remain stagnant and benefits continue to get reduced or cut.

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