Study: Americans Work 25 Percent More Than Europeans

October 18, 2016

3:30 pm

Workaholics are practically synonymous with Americans at this point, and a new study has just added more fuel to the stereotype.

The Study

As Bloomberg reports:

“A new study tries to measure precisely how much more Americans work than Europeans do overall. The answer: The average person in Europe works 19 percent less than the average person in the U.S. That’s about 258 fewer hours per year, or about an hour less each weekday. Another way to look at it: U.S. workers put in almost 25 percent more hours than Europeans.”

The term “European” covers a wide range of different cultural working styles, with the Swiss close to Americans and the Italian workforce a whole 29 percent less active.

Don't Become a Statistic

What's the solution? Perhaps a focus on quality over quantity, as Bloomberg indirectly suggests at on point:

“Not all time spent at the office, shop, or factory is time well spent; output is also critical to the productivity equation.”

We've already discussed whether those who claim to work 80 hours a week are really making the best use of their time. Critics feel that anyone who claims to work that long likely isn't keeping track of the time they waste on Reddit or Facebook. Perhaps entrepreneurs should consider tips on how to boost their productivity rather than the work hours they log.

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Adam is a writer at and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for the last decade. He's also a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry (and Digital Book World 2018 award finalist) and has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect. When not glued to TechMeme, he loves obsessing over 1970s sci-fi art.