Bring Back the Forty Hour Work Week

Are you putting in more overtime than ever before? If you’re like three out of four American workers, you probably are. And it may come as no surprise that one in four workers say their job is the most stressful part of their lives. Check out this interesting infographic about the 40 hour work week created by And be sure to tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Bring Back the 40 Hour Work Week Infographic


One Response to Bring Back the Forty Hour Work Week

  1. Christine Cameron August 7, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I do not agree with a couple of statements
    1) 1970’s average salary = $59,000 vs $51,000 in 2012
    I don’t think the same level of jobs were surveyed. I didn’t join the workforce until 1984, but my salary was $14,300. The same level of job would now start at $30,000. My sister-in-law left the work force (secretary) in 1977. Her salary was $4,000. Today, if there were secretaries, they’d be paid a starting salary of around $30,000.

    2) People in the Netherlands only work an average of 27 hours per week. I worked for a company from 2000 to 2006 that had a Dutch parent company. Their employees worked the same hours that we worked. The difference was that vacation allotment was government regulated and based on age not tenure. When people enter the work force (say in their 20’s) they start with 27 vacation days. As the age, their vacation allotment increases. If you hire 2 people at the same time – 1 is 25 years old and 1 is 50 years old, the first person would get 27 days vacation and the 2nd person would a couple extra of weeks of vacation. People in the Netherlands rarely take less than 3 weeks of vacation at a time. No wonder they are happier than North America.

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