A few days ago I was contacted about sharing this infographic with you all.
After I looked over it for a few minutes I found some interesting facts about how much work we actually put in and how the new status quo is changing. As a blog centered on worklife balance, I felt encouraged to share this with you.
Image by: Business Insurance Source
Key Take Aways
1. We Work More Hours a Year Than Canada, the U.K., and Belgium.
I don’t know why Belgium was selected vs Germany or France or some other industrialized European countries, but the point was still interesting. Why are Americans working more hours than some of our comparable neighbors? Is it because of laws or by choice? I don’t know, but that’s something I’d be curious to learn.
The fact that Mexico beat us doesn’t surprise me. I’m also pretty sure if they included BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries in this list we may have been out-shined by those as well.
2. 70% of American Children Live in Households Where All Adults Are Employed.
This one is kind of sad to me personally. With inflation and prices increasing while wages stay stagnant for the most part, both parents have to work to afford a decent way of life for them and their children at the cost of being able to spend time raising them.
I grew up with my mother at home. When I was 8 years old I was diagnosed with Leukemia. If my mom had to work on top of raising my brother, sister and I all while helping me fight cancer, I don’t know how we would have kept everything together.
I realize now how lucky I was.
3. 1 in 3 American Adults Doesn’t Take Their Vacation Days.
Who is crazy enough not to take free time off? However, I totally understand why this happens 33% of the time.
For many of us work doesn’t take a vacation so we can’t either. We always have that project coming up, a campaign to launch, or some other pressing need back at the office. Looking at taking vacation at the moment looks impossible.
One thing we always encourage in our office is to set the time aside several months ahead of time. If we plan it in advance, we do our best to accommodate the work load around each others’ vacation times.
What Do You Think?
Do Americans work as hard as this chart suggests? Are we on course to burn out as a country? What did you take away from this?