Like many of you, I’m not taking a full day off on Labor Day. Between graduate studies and being a coach, I don’t have the luxury of taking today off this year. However, I decided to look up interesting facts about recent trends about work in America.
- We work hard, but we don’t work the most hours. According to the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development(OECD) Americans don’t work the longest work week. Workers in Mexico came out ahead at 42.85 in comparison to our average of 34.40 hours a week.
- Our work life balance is one of the worst in the Western world. Overwork is a badge of honor here. Workers are afraid to bee seen as less committed by taking family leave, vacation days, or holidays.
- We lack well funded child care. Our workers lack a national paid family leave policy, and are afraid to take family leave, and we’re very interconnected, and we have to take business calls at all times.
- Wages are stagnant. The middle class worker is experiencing unequal income growth.
- Workers are not engaged. Only 31.5% of U.S. employees feel engaged on the job. This has a devastating impact on productivity and employee retention.
If you’re a worker, how are these trends impacting your life? If you’re an employer, how are you addressing these issues with staff? Could changes in law, policy, and or other government programs alleviate these issues for you?