(Closed) Is a 40 hour work week still necessary in today's world?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014


Post # 2
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it’s much more common for professional folks to wish they had more hours to get their work done and not fewer.  Not that anyone is rushing in favor of a 50- or 60-hour work week, mind you. Just seems that for every person I encounter with too much down time at work, I find 5 more who are triple-multi-tasking to make their deadlines and wishing there was some way to fit it all in.

Post # 4
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I sort of hate you. 


Not really.


But kinda. 🙁

Post # 5
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Meant2Bee:  Well I’m here 40 hours/week because someone has to answer the phone… or you know, wait for it to ring since I’ve been doing for the last hour.

Post # 8
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Meant2Bee:  totally agree. I mean I suppose I have enough to do that I could work the regular 40 hours a week but for the most part my day consists of 5-6 hours of actual work. LOL

I’d also be totally ok with a 4 day work week. Hump day should be optional!

Post # 9
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Um, I say yes because I don’t know anyone who works 40 hour weeks and gets off work exactly at 5 or 5:30. Often people even take off before their designated clock out time and then no one is there to answer my calls. It’s kinda frustrating because it also seems like gym classes are designed for stay at home wives/moms and people who don’t have to work past 5. I have to haul butt to get everything done in time to get to a 6:30 pm exercise class.

ETA: I don’t think I addressed your question exactly. What I meant to do was complain that I wished that it was a requirement that I only have to work 40 hours.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  Jewelieee.
Post # 10
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it depends on where you work. 40 hours is what I need each week at LEAST to get my work done. I often work 44-45 each week, and have no problem with it. I do get to work in a lax atmosphere, where I can leave an hour or two early if I need to and stay late the next day. I can also come in late if I need to, as long as I make up the time. 

Post # 12
10393 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I used to have a boss that wanted me to stay as late as he did, on the chance that he would need me for something.  Sometimes that meant 9 or 10 PM, or even much  later if there was a deadline.  Those are the dues you have to  pay when you are just starting out. 

Post # 13
3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Currently, I’m a summer associate and work anywhere between 35-60 hours a week, depending on the week. My office doesn’t value face time, and even when I am there for a full day, no one notices. We use skype, conference calls, and email chains often, but as a young person who is supposed to be learning a lot this summer, I wish all the senior counsel were in the office at least 7 hours a day! 

I think many offices are changing and becoming more flexible, especially for senior staff, and it’s not necessarily a good thing. I do like that I can go to a 3pm spin class, get my nails done at 11am, or make a local cafe my office for a few hours a day though. It breaks up the monotony of the work day.

Post # 14
4162 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

At my current position, I could absolutely get everything done in part time hours.  I definitely do not need to be here 40 hours a week.  My position is also new, so they’re trying to figure out what tasks can be passed on to me, so I get that, but I’ve been here since the end of April, and could probably have fit everything I have been tasked with, into 1 week :/

I’m not opposed to working 40 hours/week at all, as long as I have enough to keep me busy.  Until then, WB, FB, and other random websites have been my best friend.

If I could still get all the benefits of full-time hours and still work part-time, I would absolutely do that.  Especially in the summer when all I want to do is go outside and not be stuck in my windowless office.

Post # 15
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Meant2Bee:  I don’t need 40 hours to do my job, but I need 40 hours to pay my bills.

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