Working Overtime – Maybe BYOD is to Blame

July 23, 2012

News, Technology

What happen to the 40 hour work week in the United States? Other counties have far less work weeks than we do. As a matter of fact the United States work week has changed over the years. In the 1800’s the normal work week consisted of nearly 70 hours and became an important political issue. Reported averages back then were:

  • 1830 – 69.1 hours
  • 1840 – 68.4 hours
  • 1850 – 69.0 hours
  • 1860 – 66.0 hours
  • 1870 – 63.0 hours
  • 1880 – 61.8 hours
  • 1890 – 60.0 hours

During the 1900’s weekly hours fell considerably during the first third of the century and much more slowly thereafter. Here is the breakdown of work hour averages for this century:

  • 1900 – 59.6 hours
  • 1910 – 56.8 hours
  • 1920 – 50.8 hours
  • 1930 – 50.6 hours
  • 1940 – 42.5 hours
  • 1950 – 41.1 hours
  • 1960 – 41.0 hours
  • 1970 – 41.1 hours
  • 1980 – 42.9 hours

How do other countries work weeks fair;

  • France – 36 hours
  • Chile – 45 hour
  • China – 40 hours
  • Colombia – 48 hours
  • Lebanon – 40 hours
  • Austria – 36 hours
  • Bulgaria – 40 hours
  • Czech Republic – 40 hours
  • United Kingdom – 40 hours
  • Denmark – 37 hours
  • Estonia – 40 hours
  • Finland – 40 hours
  • Hungary – 40 hours
  • Ireland – 36 hours
  • Italy – 40 hours
  • Portugal – 36 hours
  • Sweden – 40 hours

The average calculates to be 39.64 hours.

Here in the United States our standard work week is 40 hours. However that number is briskly increasing. Broadened work habits have become the new normal with BYOD. Now you can check your email, submit a sales quote or take a call while at home, a restaurant, at the grocery store or hiking in the forest.

BYOD is eating into the off-hours of the average American. According the mobile industry experts, we are putting in an additional 30 hours of extra work every month – that equals an additional 7.5 hours per week.

With BYOD employees are always on. Studies show an alarming intrusion on our time. Here are some statics:

80% – of employees continue working after leaving the office
68% – check their work email before 8:00 AM
50% – of America workers check their work email while still in bed
40% – of employees check their work email after 10:00 PM
60% – of workers will not go to bed without checking their work email first
57% – check their work email while on family outings
38% – check their work emails while eating dinner
60% – of workers do it to say organized
50% – of workers do it because of customer expectations

I believe there is one additional advantage American workers conceive they gain from BYOD – and that is a competitive advantage. Although – with 80% of American workers doing this, the advantage is lost. Now it is just a matter of keeping pace with your competitors.

I must admit that I am guilty as charged. I normally wake-up around 6:00 AM and I am drinking my first cup of coffee by 6:15 AM while I am checking and answering my emails. As well – I work late into the evening and I am normally still connected as late as 11:00 PM at night. I also work on Saturday and Sunday’s too. I normally do this more because of my workload and not to stay competitive. As a business owner, executive, coach, mentor, blogger, sales rep, marketer, accounting, programmer, developer, support and customer service I have many things on my daily agenda. I estimate I work about 14 – 16 hours per day.

I don’t complain and I am sure that most worker don’t either. In a weird way, BYOD is actually helping me to be more productive and now I don’t have to spend late nights in the office like I use to. So in a kooky kind of way BYOD has really helped me spend more time away from the office. Go figure!!!

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About Barry Bestpitch

Barry Bestpitch has helped a wide range of businesses launch, re-brand, and flourish. Barry has worked in various business development , marketing positions and executive staff positions, he is experienced in all media and in small and large scale marketing. He is strong at writing business plans and proposals as well as aiding with your funding search. Barry has acted as a coach and mentor to many business owners and executives.

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