“Many Australians still see themselves as living in the land of the long weekend. But for most Australian workers having a sickie, knocking off for a smoko and taking long lunches are things of the past. During the last twently years there has been a gradual but relentless increase in working time in most organisations – so much so that Australians now work the longest hours in the developed world:1855 hours a year compared with 1835 in the USA and an OECD average of 1643.” (Rodney Tiffen and Ross Gittins, How Australia Compares, Cambridge University Press 2004 Table 4.25)
Only 28% of employees work a standard week of between 35 and 40 hours.
42% of men in full time work do over 45 hours a week (9 hours a day)
30% more than 50 hours (10 hour day)
Almost 15% work more than 60 hours (a twelve hour day)
In a recent newspoll survey, 80% of respondents agreed that people are spending too muchtime working and too little time with family and friends.
9 out of 10 believed family is more important than work, yet many are spending less time with their children.
A department of industrial relations report revealed that reduction in sleep occurs in people who work more than 48 hours a week.
Take a break!