Here's where the 26.55-hour work week is alive and well
Feeling over-worked and underpaid? Perhaps you need a change of scenery.
How do you feel about vibrant lush greens, rustic windmills, and a 26.55-hour workweek? Ah, yes - now we have your attention!
According to Mashable, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Better Life Index may help you find your resolve. The index compares metrics from various countries around the world to illustrate how nations perform against each other in terms of average number of hours worked per year and overall work satisfaction (which, if you can believe it, aren't directly correlated after all). Let's take a look at a few key findings...
Lands of the free (time)
Interestingly, work satisfaction levels beamed all the same with 82 percent of workers reporting more positive experiences than negative experiences in a typical day.
beat out its neighbours
to the north with 1,654 hours worked per annum - or 31.80 hours per week. Then
again, work satisfaction dropped to 74 percent - which means that on the
typical work day, one in four of those chasing the American Dream would likely
rather be home sleeping. U.S.
The nation with the least number of hours worked per year and among the highest levels of work satisfaction was none other than the
with an average of 1,381 hours worked per year - or 26.55 hours per week. A
striking 82 percent of workers indicated more positive experiences than
negative, which gives us hope that the 26.55-hour work week certainly can (and
indeed does) work. Netherlands
Now if only we can convince our employers of that……
All work and no play?
The bottom line: Work satisfaction is not necessarily driven by the number of hours worked; perhaps less work does not equate to more play after all.
But surely a few extra (paid) hours off in the week wouldn't hurt either.