People Have Had It Up To Here With The 40-Hour Work Week

  • Between 2019 and 2022, the number of hours people spent working in the U.S. fell by the equivalent of 33 fewer hours a year per person, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • The Covid-19 pandemic didn’t just disrupt where and how we show up to our jobs: It has led people to question when and why they should be working in the first place.
  • While resignation rates have been slowly ticking up over the last decade, other factors related to the lingering pandemic ─ burnout, the rise of remote work, a national existential panic ─ have pushed workers to re-consider what they’re giving and getting out of their jobs.
  • As a result, more people are breaking out of the 40-hour workweek.
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