Monday, June 16, 2008

And we work too hard too...

According to a recent study, Israelis are among the hardest, longest working populations in the world. Living in Israel, I can tell you this is no surprise. We do work very long hours - but the amazing innovations and technological discoveries that come out of Israel every year shows well where those many hours are going. Let's just hope that all those males (and females) get to work less hours and rest once they reach the age of 45!

( A comprehensive Bank of Israel study found that five percent of Israel’s salaried workers work more than 60 hours a week (the standard 8 hour a day work week is 40 hours), fourth highest amongst member states in the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Only South Korea, Japan, and Mexico have higher incidences of work hours.

Workaholism affects mainly educated, male Israelis between 35 and 44 who work as managers, academics, or engineers in public service, hi-tech or research and development.

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