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Employees of which country are happy with 5-day work week?

One in four global employees (28 percent) are satisfied with the standard five-day workweek, as per a latest report by Future Workplace on behalf of Kronos Incorporated.
Employees of which country are happy with 5-day work week?

The culture study survey by workforce management firm Kronos Incorporated reveals India to be the hardest working country. 

69 percent of full-time employees in India said that they would work five days a week even if they had the option to work fewer days for the same pay. 

Mexico is the second-highest at 43 percent of workers, followed by the US at 27 percent. Other countries like the UK (16 percent), France (17 percent) and Australia (19 percent) are the least content with the standard five-day workweek. 

While one in four global employees (28 percent) are content with the standard five-day workweek, one-third of global workers felt their ideal workweek would last four days (34 percent) if pay remains constant. And about 20 percent said that they would work three days a week, given that pay remains constant. 

Further, the survey also revealed that even though 75 percent of full-time employees globally said they have enough time in the workday to finish their major tasks, nearly two in five (37 percent) work more than 40 hours each week and 71 percent claim work interferes with their personal lives.

While India has the hardest working employees, the US leads the way with overtime. 49 percent of the US staff works more than 40 hours each week. However, India is not far behind with 44 percent staff working overtime, followed by Mexico (40 percent) and Germany (38 percent). 

Executive Director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos, Joyce Maroney says, "Organizations must help their people eliminate distractions, inefficiencies and administrative work to enable them to work at full capacity." 

She further added that this is an opportunity to create more time to innovate, collaborate, develop skills and relationships and serve customers while opening the door to creative scheduling options, including the coveted four-day workweek. 

How can organizations enable their employees to strike a balance between work and life? Would you, if given a choice take the option of working less than 5 days a week? 

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. 

(For this survey research was conducted by Future Workplace on behalf of Kronos Incorporated between July 31 August 9, 2018, among 2,772 employees.)

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