The technology field is often considered a culture full of workaholics. When your workload is overwhelming, the hours you work can get out of control quickly.
Baxter Strategies Inc. found that 13 percent of full-time US employees work more than five days a week. On top of this, the Society for Human Resource Management considers the 37.5-hour week a minimum expectation.
More than 31% of college-educated men are regularly working 50+ hours per week, up from 22% in 1980.
We’re working non-stop. ABC News explained in a report this April that Americans are ranked fourth in the world for highest annual hours worked per capita, With just South Korea, Japan and Australia ahead of us the land of the free is definitely not the land of the free-time.
With all of the technology available to the US workforce, workloads should be easier to manage. In reality, people are expected to be available by cell phone or Blackberry 24/7. Returning an email here and there adds up to a lot of extra time focused on work.
The truth is that technology, paired with corporate cut-backs, is adding time spent in the office, virtually and physically. Since 1969, Americans have added an average of one extra month of time spent working each calendar year.
On top working crazy hours, many Americans are commuting further than ever before. Newsweek ran an article this month on commuting and found the fastest growing group on the roads fall into the category of Extreme Commuters. Extreme Commuters are people who travel 90+ minutes to work, each way. That’s right, over three hours in the car or on the train every day.
Demanding careers and limited staffs are already overloading workers. With the commute factored into the scenario, people are spending less and less time on hobbies and at social events. As you trek home from the office tonight, remember every 10 minutes added to your commute decreases time you spend with family and friends by 10 percent. Uplifting right?
Working like a horse isn’t all bad. In fact, workaholics do have one thing average working stiff don’t have, money. Even if you're salaried, you'll earn more than twice as much money by working 44 versus 34 hours a week. Although this extra pay isn’t showing up as overtime on your next paycheck, workaholics disproportionately earn promotions more quickly and land killer job opportunities that equal more money in the long run.
If you’re wondering if you are part of the growing population of workaholics, take this survey from Forbes.
Posted by Christy H.