Books, Economy

The Expanding Work Week

Americans now work approximately eight weeks1 longer per year than in 1969 – in the space of a single generation – for roughly the same income after adjusting for inflation. The new standard workweek is 70 hours2 and the growth rate is increasing.

1 “Work, Stress, and Health,” National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health Conference, 1999

2 “Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek,” Harvard Business Review, December 2006

— Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich