Typical Workweek – What’s That?!


All through college we heard how the “typical workweek” simply doesn’t exist anymore. Long gone are the days of sitting at your cubicle from 9-5, Monday-Friday. Instead, you leave whenever your job is done, sometimes after logging in 10 hour days. According to The Washington Post, the average workweek comes in at 47 hours now instead of 40. When comparing nations around the world, Asian countries typically work more than the United States and European companies work less. Keeping this in mind, it’s safe to say that the typical workweek doesn’t exist across the globe.

At my current internship I haven’t found this to be the case for me personally, but I know it holds true for my coworkers who often stay late in the evening to ensure their work is done. Working 20 hours per week at my own leisure has been great, albeit too good to be true. This has been the first week that I work six days (!!) and more hours than usual because of various events I’m working on. While it’s been a bit of an adjustment, it’s fun to experience what my life may be like after this internship. With only a month left in our internships it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity given to us, and while six day workweeks may seem like a drag, in the long run it’ll only make us better employees. Cheesy, I know.

Happy Friday, friends!

-Lindsay Pfeifer

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2 Responses to Typical Workweek – What’s That?!

  1. kalimungovan says:

    Keeping in mind that the “typical workweek” doesn’t exist anymore is something that is so important for me to remember! At my internship, I am just now getting used to working from 8-6 and while this may seem like “normal” work hours to me when I look around at my coworkers and I see that this isn’t so much the case. I know that I should be enjoying these consistent hours while I can because once I start my professional career I may not have this luxury anymore. Also knowing that every hour I put in is making me a better employee for the future is a great incentive to keep working hard! Thanks for the post!

  2. Prior to joining my internship, I thought that I would be a part of the prototypical 9-5, Monday through Friday work week that you described. Another perk of being a journalist is that a lot of the best stories don’t come from sitting in an office for 8 hours a day, and hours need to be flexible in order to accommodate the diverse sort of projects that you take on. I’m writing this on a bus from Tallinn, Estonia to Riga, Latvia, currently, and I’ve noticed while being here that the European work week is much more lax in some respects. I’d personally like it if we adopted the siesta policy.

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