The Average American Workweek Is Not 40 Hours, It’s Much More


47 is the new 40.

The average American workweek has long been boasted to be precisely 40 hours a week. Eight hours a day, five days a week of pure, unproductive boredom. However, a recent Gallup poll reveals that the average employee logs 47 hours in the office per week, on average.

This isn’t a new revelation. In fact, over the past decade the average length of the American workweek has hovered around 47—with a dip in 2005-6 in which the average length dipped to 44.9. Those must’ve been the glory days.

Of the Gallup poll respondents, 42% reported working a 40-hour week versus only 8% of full-time employees working less than that. 21 percent of Americans now work between 50 and 59 hours per week, and 18% spend 60+ hours in their cubicles every five work days.

So why the increase? Gallup lists a number of speculative factors that contribute to the extended workweek, reporting pay structure as an incentive to stay in the office longer.

Whatever the reason, everyone is working a little harder for the weekend.

[via Forbes]

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