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The 40-Hour Work Week Is a Thing of the Past

Posted by on May. 5, 2015 at 10:28 AM
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The phrase “nine to five” is becoming an anachronism.

About half of all managers work more than 40 hours a week, according to a new survey from tax and consulting firm EY, and 39% report that their hours have increased in the past five years. Little wonder, then, that one-third of workers say it’s getting more difficult to balance work and life.

The survey, which fielded opinions from 9,699 full-time employees in eight countries, raises some questions about the sustainability of the current pace of work, said Karyn Twaronite, who heads up diversity and inclusion efforts for EY and commissioned the study.

Employees report that their responsibilities at work have increased while wages have largely stayed flat. And while technologies like company-provided smartphones and remote-work software have bought workers some flexibility, they also keep “people tied to work seven days a week,” Ms. Twaronite noted.

Fifty-eight percent of managers in the U.S. report working more than 40 hours a week, surpassed only by managers in Mexico, where 61% say they’re working those hours. By comparison, just over a third of U.K. managers and under a fifth of managers in China report working beyond 40 hours.

The reported shift in working hours appears to hit parents particularly hard. Some 41% of managers who have kids say they’ve seen their hours increase in the last five years, as compared to 37% of managers who do not have children. Working women and parents also rated the task of managing their work and personal lives as slightly more difficult than men and those without children, but respondents of both genders and all generations reported that they’re feeling the crunch.

What’s making it so hard to navigate career and family? Participants blame flat salaries and rising expenses, along with the increased workload. Managers in the U.S. say they have a hard time getting enough sleep, finding time for themselves and handling more responsibility.

That finding suggests corporate leaders need to think more about employees’ well-being, Ms. Twaronite said.

“There really isn’t any downtime any longer where people could sign off for the day and be done,” she said. “You can be done for the day but it will be morning in China and you need to be responsive to that.”

Some companies tout flexible scheduling–letting workers leave early or take off Fridays, for example—as one remedy. But some U.S. workers say flex arrangements are an imperfect solution. Some 9% said that they have “suffered a negative consequence as a result of having a flexible work schedule,” such as being passed over for a promotion or losing a job.

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/careersandeducation/the-40-hour-work-week-is-a-thing-of-the-past/ar-BBjd3bd?ocid=HPCDHP

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yourspecialkid
by on May. 5, 2015 at 11:04 AM
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 I would love a 40 hour week!  As the owner of 2 businesses that won't ever happen!

Only one of my businesses has a manager.  She works between 35 and 40 hours a week.  She has worked more than 40 a couple of times when we were dealing with a really heavy load.

meriana
by Platinum Member on May. 5, 2015 at 11:41 AM

It's not just managers either. Before he retired, Dh worked many 7/12's (84 hr week)

Arroree
by Ruby Member on May. 5, 2015 at 12:07 PM

It doesn't help that many companies are trying to get away with cutting as many corners as they can to save every penny possible for themselves. My husband works for a Safeway store that has cut its workforce down to less than 20 people to run the entire store. He's now being expected to do 3 peoples worth of work, in a 40 hour week, and actually being asked by the head manager if there's any way he can do more in that same amount of time...

To top it off the Safeway bigwigs are upset that the stores not up to standards but refuse to hire enough employees to get it there, instead they treat the few employees they have left as though they're just being lazy horrible workers.

Arroree
by Ruby Member on May. 5, 2015 at 12:16 PM
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And let's be real here folks, there was never really any such thing as a "40 hour work week" unless you were lucky enough to work certain jobs. Anyone in need of actually making a living wage has always worked many more hours than that.

Jacquetta123
by on May. 8, 2015 at 12:30 AM
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My Dad was a foreman in a factory in the 1930's through the 1960's.
He worked first shift , Monday through Friday , 8:00 - 4:30. He arrived home every day at 5:00 and my mom served dinner at 5:15.
We were very lucky . We had the essentials but no luxuries like vacations, swim club memberships or expensive clothes.
My mom cooked and sewed and preserved jam and jellies.
I loved it ! It was peaceful ,. We had lots of family time . We were lucky . But we lived in a comparatively small house, 3 kids to a bedroom , one TV with 3 whole channels to choose from , lol.
Ziva65
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2015 at 1:16 AM
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My first job as a nurse was 40 hours. I had to clock in, and clock out, unless we had overtime. Incidentally I made $13/ hour at a University hospital night shift ICU nurse if that tells you my age :)

I've never worked less than 40 either being a manager,  in owning a company or when working as an NP. Even if it's not directly on-site, there's 24 hour call, paperwork- all sorts of things. Never seems to stop. But the trade off is flexibility so to me it's worth it. That said, for our employees  who are hourly the schedules are 32-40. The managers select thier hours, and often work less than 40 but might go in on a Sunday or even the middle of the night,, occassionally it's more than 40 but are paid well, can take comp time or get bonsus so it works out for them.

I do know alot of people who have a straight 40 hours though, depends on the job I think. Especially if they are required to punch a timeclock or if the job is "really" done when the day ends or not-

D-Town
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2015 at 4:21 AM

For the last 3 months, I've been averaging about 70-80 hrs/wk. 

Karmahappens
by Silver Member on May. 8, 2015 at 5:03 AM
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I worked as a restaurant manager for about 20 years-55 hour work weeks.  Now I do less-and am at about 45 hours-it is like heaven!

JustCJ
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2015 at 6:09 AM
Straight time alone we wouldn't be able to make it. My husband is a truck driver for a rental company, and without OT we can't survive with our bills. I'm finished with college for the moment, and finding full time work of any kind is hard. I have no choice but to transfer my hairstylist license to FL to find work. Kinda pissed about it Lol.

Quoting Arroree:

And let's be real here folks, there was never really any such thing as a "40 hour work week" unless you were lucky enough to work certain jobs. Anyone in need of actually making a living wage has always worked many more hours than that.

JustCJ
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2015 at 6:10 AM
Wow mama.
What do you do for a living if I may ask?


Quoting D-Town:

For the last 3 months, I've been averaging about 70-80 hrs/wk. 

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