Published On: Wed, Oct 21st, 2015

Is The 40-Hour Work Week Really Productive?



Americans say a work day lasting 7 hours or less is most productive, according to a recent poll from YouGov. In total, 52 percent of those polled felt the most productive length of a day in the office was under seven hours. Broken further, 15 percent felt they were most productive when putting in a daily grind of six hours while 5 percent said 5 hours.

Americans work an average of 8.7 hours every day, putting in a 1, 788 hour shift each year. Even though this may seem extremely long, Americans actually trail other developed countries in annual average working hours. Mexicans and South Koreans work 2, 237 and 2, 163 hours every year respectively.


The Countries With The Most Annual Working Hours

Workers in Mexico record the most average working hours per year, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 29 percent of Mexicans work more than 50 hours per week, and all in all, average annual working hours add up to 2, 237. That’s about 450 hours more per year than the average American for less than a fifth of the pay.

Even though South Korea has the fastest declining working time in the OECD, it still comes second for average annual working hours with 2, 163. Contrary to what most people think, people in Greece actually work the longest hours in Europe and it rounds off the top three with 2, 037 working hours per year.



This chart shows opinion on the most productive length of a working day in the U.S.

Infographic: Is The 40-Hour Work Week Really Productive? | Statista
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