Jul 18, 2012

[Infographics] Bring Back the 40 Hour Work Week

There's been a lot of discussion as of late about the pros and cons of working more than 40 hours in a week so naturally I'd stumble across an infographic or two trying to tackle the topic.

Quite frankly, even the 40-hour model may be out of date given there are also studies that indicate that white collar jobs that involve several hours of brain-work may need to be capped at 6-hour intervals. The answer to what the ideal work week may vary from industry to industry to some extent, but at least there's general agreement that the 40-hour model works for most.

This graphic covers US data, but I'm sure it'll still prove interesting as a benchmark. At the very least it raises the point about diminishing returns with every additional hour of work that you put in and how the health impact may not be worth the cash pay-off.

Bring Back the 40 Hour Work Week Infographic
Source: OnlineMBA.com


  1. Very informative. Kaya nga sobrang saya ng ibang mga bansa sa Europe kasi parang binibigay ng gobyerno nila lahat ng gusto nila :)

  2. That's a rather extreme generalization. Plus don't discount the fact that this often means higher taxes to account for subsidies for benefits.