Do you feel overworked? Tired all the time? Like you constantly need a break but don’t get one?
Today’s infographic shows how crazy the modern workplace and work week is while comparing the benefits of a shorter workweek.
The benefits of a shorter workweek: Overwork in the US
1 in 9 American employees works 50+ hours per week
Compare that to:
- 1 in 81 in Sweden
- 1 in 18 in Germany
- 1 in 152 in the Netherlands
- 1 in 26 in Canada
Clearly in the US our workers are overworked each week.
The benefits of a shorter workweek: Health Impacts
- If you work 11+ hours per day you are nearly 2.5 times more likely to develop depression, over 60% more likely to develop heart-related illnesses.
- 40% is the percentage of Americans who say their job is very or extremely stressful.
- High stress levels can lead to or exacerbate health problems like muscles and joint pain, obesity, weakened immune system, sleep problems.
Our long hours at work and stressful jobs are marking us less healthy.
The benefits of a shorter workweek: Work – Life balance
- Percentage of employees who say their jobs don’t leave them with enough time for themselves – 59%
- Percentage of employed parents who feel they don’t have enough time with their kids – 75%
- Percentage increase in job burnout for people working 60+ hours per week compared to average workers – 230%
Working such long hours is causes burnout and no one feels like they have enough time for themselves and family.
The benefits of a shorter workweek: Vacation Time
- Percentage of American workers who think some vacation is necessary to avoid burnout: 92%
- Workers who take no vacation at all: 28%
- Workers who take less than 1 week of vacation per year: 52%
- Nearly 1 in 3 American employees on vacation takes work with them on their break.
Employees in the US are not taking vacations. The lack of vacation time contributes to burnout and unhappiness at work.
The benefits of a shorter workweek: Environment
If people worked just 10% fewer hours per week, carbon footprint would fall 15%.
If we worked 25% fewer hours per week, carbon footprint would fall 37%
Reducing work hours can lead to many environmental benefits:
- less consumption
- less congestion
- less energy us
- more time for low-impact activities and hobbies
- more time for family and friends
Working less hours per week gives you more time for the things that matter while reducing the strain on the environment. A shorter workweek can be good for the people, the planet, and the economy.