This infographic made us wonder: Does GenY even WANT the 40-hour week back?

We enjoyed this infographic from Online MBA called Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week.

But it made us wonder: Does GenY even WANT the 40-hour week back?

Or do we enjoy throwing ourselves into our startups, traditional jobs and adding a side hustle to our work load?

What do YOU think?


We’d love to hear from you in the comments: Are you in favor of bringing back the 40-hour work week?


Bring Back the 40 Hour Work Week Infographic


  1. Jon DiPietro

    Not sure where OnlineMBA got these numbers (all of those sources appear to come from secondary media sources) but they are extremely inaccurate and misleading. According to the US government, the average work week has dropped steadily since 1965 and is around 33 hours right now.

    • Alexis Grant

      Thanks for chiming in on this, Jon! Might be fodder for a follow-up piece…

    • Lisa Brown are advocating that the government got it right? ; )

    • Jon DiPietro

      No, government has nothing to do with it. It’s due to huge increases in business productivity that allow companies to hire more part timers and fewer full timers. Plus, in an economy where the underemployment rate is over 20% and the labor participation rate is at 40 year lows it seems absurd to me to be whining about working too hard.

    • Alexis Grant

      @Jon — Interested to see whether others agree with you :)


      Thanks for checking out our infographic. When looking for statistics for this particular infographic we used the BLS and Bureau of Economic Analysis for the working number of hours I think we were looking at two different data sets, as our research accounts for the entire U.S. workforce.

    • Justin Tew

      @ Jon DiPietro. Thank you for your insight. I cannot comment on where MBAOnline pulled their data but given the context of the article, I’m sure they are talking about full-time employees. The data provided by BLS in that particular graph represents an average of all full-time and part-time employees. The information provided here: shows an average of 42.3 hours for employees who normally work full-time in non-agricultural industries.

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  3. JoAnne Jojo Fernández

    This is an interesting read. Even the link that Jon DiPietro shared. Personally, I will be happy with a regular (underline) 9-5 or 8-4 w/occ OT. :)

  4. Dominique Aubry

    Everyone should read.

  5. Fred Friedman

    I agree with this article. 35 hours per week is more than enough. An outside of work life counts just as much as work.

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