How much do we actually work?

At the workplace, we are used to hearing how life is so hectic and everyone feels so stressed and overworked all the time. So I set out to do some basic mathematics to find out if that’s really true.

I’ll take a general case.

Number of working hours a day: 9 hours

Number of days in a year: 365
Number of weekend offs (Sat and Sun): 104
Number of permitted holidays: 12 (On an average)
Number of public holidays: 10 (On an average)

Actual number of working days in a year: 239

Total hours in a year: 8760
Total hours spent doing actual work: 2151

Percentage of time in a year we actually work: 24.5%

Still feeling overworked?

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