A work life balance. The sarcastic side of me wants to first remark “that would be nice.”
The balance from work to home is a feat. If you spend too much time in the office home suffers. If you do not meet the work demands – the career is put in jeopardy. Often the balance is more of an imbalance. Many songs depict song lyrics such as “Thirty years ago my busy friend, I was you. I made a ton of money and I climbed up the ladder…Scrolling through the pictures…not a single one with me.” (Phil Vassar) So, I am going to make this entry short – but attach several different cultures of work ethic.
I find it fascinating how different cultures view time and also the importance of family. I have only attached the working hours, but if you have time you should look at other countries benefits (here).
(Below is taken directly from Wikipedia.com)
In most European Union countries, working time is gradually decreasing. The European Union‘s working time directive imposes a 48 hour maximum working week that applies to every member state except the United Kingdom and Malta (which have an opt-out meaning that UK-based employees may work longer than 48 hours if they wish, but they cannot be forced to do so). France has enacted a 35-hour workweek by law, and similar results have been produced in other countries such as Germany through collective bargaining. A major reason for the low annual hours worked in Europe is a relatively high amount of paid annual leave. Fixed employment comes with four to six weeks of holiday as standard.”
Mexican laws mandate a maximum of 48 hours of work per week, but they are rarely observed or enforced due to loopholes in the law, the volatility of labor rights in Mexico, and its underdevelopment relative to other members countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Indeed, private sector employees often work overtime without receiving overtime compensation. Fear of unemployment and threats by employers explain in part why the 48-hour work week is disregarded.
Articles 161 to 167 of the Substantive Work Code in Colombia provides for a maximum of 48 hours of work a week .
In Australia, between 1974 and 1997 no marked change took place in the average amount of time spent at work by Australians of “prime working age” (that is, between 25 and 54 years of age). Throughout this period, the average time spent at work by prime working-age Australians (including those who did not spend any time at work) remained stable at between 27 and 28 hours per week. This unchanging average, however, masks a significant redistribution of work from men to women. Between 1974 and 1997, the average time spent at work by prime working-age Australian men fell from 45 to 36 hours per week, while the average time spent at work by prime working-age Australian women rose from 12 to 19 hours per week. In the period leading up to 1997, the amount of time Australian workers spent at work outside the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays also increased.
In 2009, a rapid increase in the number of working hours was reported in a study by The Australia Institute. The study found the average Australian worked 1855 hours per year at work. According to Clive Hamilton of The Australia Institute, this surpasses even Japan. The Australia Institute believes that Australians work the highest number of hours in the developed world.
From January 1, 2010, Australia enacted the new maximum weekly hour regulation under a new system created by the Fair Work Act 2009. Unless the additional hours are reasonable, the maximum weekly hours of work of a full-time employee is 38 hours.
In 2006, the average man employed full-time worked 8.4 hours per work day, and the average woman employed full-time worked 7.7 hours per work day. There is no mandatory minimum amount of paid time off for sickness or holiday. However, regular, full-time workers often have the opportunity to take about nine days off for various holidays, two weeks of sick leave and two weeks of paid holiday time, with some workers receiving additional time after several years. Because of the pressure of working, time is increasingly viewed as a commodity.
- How Much is Overtime and When and How Do You Earn It? (jobs.answers.com)
- Working time regulations (corporatetips.wordpress.com)
- Flexible working allows employers to access ‘wide talent pool’ (uia.co.uk)
- Life Work Balance (designthinkinglife.com)
- European Union – An Overview of the European Union (acefinance.me)
- Work-life balance. Measures to help reconcile work, private and family life (libraryeuroparl.wordpress.com)