Working week: Wanna spend less time in office? Shift to Paris

South Korea has decided to reduce its maximum working week from 68 hours to 52 hours in a week to boost the country's productivity. A look at how other countries are slogging it out
Working standards
Differing cultural attitudes and socio-economic factors play a key role in the amount of hours employers expect from workers. Most countries have statutory limits of weekly working hours of 48 hours or less, as per standards established in ILO conventions.
Breaking back
According to the ILO's most recent figures, Asia is a continent where people work for the longest hours. Most of the countries (32%) have no universal national limit for maximum weekly working hours. Meanwhile, 29% countries have high thresholds (60 weekly hours or more). As per an ILO study, 22% of the global workforce are working "excessively" long hours.


The workweek
According to the OECD, Mexicans work the most hours out of any country every year - 2,246 on an average. That's 467 more hours than the average American every year and that too for less than a fifth of the pay.

Paris, je t'aime
European cities top the list of least working hours a week with Paris ranked first. The lower number of hours worked in France reflects a relatively high labour productivity - the amount of goods and services produced per hour of work.
Overworked in Mumbai
According to a recent report by Swiss Bank UBS, employees in developing countries have the longest work hours. Mumbai tops the list of cities with 3,314.7 hours a year.
It's a long day
Worldwide, most professionals are putting in more hours than before. A study says that the work hours especially in the developing countries have gone up by 48%. Some professionals in some industries work much longer hours than the traditional weekly cut of 40 hours, clocking in 10, 12, or even 16 hours straight during a given day.

Indian scene
In India, a salaried individual works 40 hours every week under the generally accepted norm of nine-to-five job schedules-much higher than the average weekly working hours in OECD countries. But it is still better than many major countries.

Work-life imbalance
According to various studies, work-life balance is harder to achieve worldwide. Around 52% of managers globally are working more than 40 hours in a week. Four in 10 employee say their working hours are more than 48 hours in a week.