Working hours around the world: Does work-life balance exist?


“Men and women are increasingly pressed for time and, as a result, struggle to meet their work and family responsibilities.”

So stated a June 2014 White House report entitled Nine Facts About American Families and Work. The report revealed that 46% of working Americans said their job demands interfered with their family life “sometimes or often,” a figure that increased from 41% in 2002.

It’s the same story in the United Kingdom. A Mental Health Foundation survey found that a third of UK-based participants were unhappy about the time they devote to work, with more than 40% of employees saying they were neglecting other aspects of their life because of work.

What’s interesting to note is the UK is actually below the world average in…

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