Workplace Statistics in the United States of America
Americans are spending a huge number of hours at work, according to 2019 work-life balance statistics. However, it is important to consider how much of those hours are used effectively, and how the number of working hours affects the wellbeing of employees, their relationships with their families and friends, and their personal development.
The following statistics explain the situation with work-life balance among employees in America, and how it affects the employees:
1. 94% of service professionals spend over 50 hours working each week.
(Harvard Business Review)
Americans spend a higher percentage of time at work than workers in most of the other countries. The average working time for most people is eight hours during the weekdays, summing up to 40 hours per week, but Americans work more hours. Americans work 137 more hours annually than the Japanese, 260 more hours annually than the British, and 499 more hours annually than the French. (International Labour Organization)
Moreover, Americans don’t only work during weekdays, but often continue their work over the weekend, reducing to a large extent the time they spend on other activities. The high number of hours spent at work decimates the time spent on rest, exercise and more.
As stated earlier, a high percentage of Americans work on weekends at a rate that is higher than in most countries. Weekends are generally perceived as a period of rest, but a work rate of 31% on weekends makes it clear that it is not so for many Americans. (Bureau of Labour Statistics)
When the number of hours spent at work is added to the time spent in transit, it becomes clear that there is very little time left to engage in physical activity, prepare and enjoy nourishing meals and build healthy relationships.
Furthermore, excess working hours lead to stress build-up. Excess working hours, as these employee work-life balance statistics point out, make for a deficient work-life balance. Employees do not feel appreciated, despite putting in more time.