Data shows USA is not prepared for 4-day work week
A new study from payroll experts, FMP Global, shows that the USA works the most hours per week when compared to European countries in the study such as Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and Sweden.
Investigating the possibility of a 4-day work week and the likelihood of its introduction by major countries around the world, the data reveals that the USA is not in a strong position to take the shorter working week from idea to reality, working an average of 40.5 hours a week; the most hours worked out of the countries compared in the study.
It is recommended that a 4-day work week should total 32 hours, which can be structured as shorter working days, or one day off entirely. Currently, the country closest to hitting the 32-hour target is Denmark, who work 37.6 hours a week on average, and also rank the third highest for happiness in the 2020 Gallup World Poll and World Happiness Report. The USA currently ranks 14th.
The USA were also the country to have the least days off for vacations and holidays per year, with a total of ten. Significantly the lowest number in the study, this is half as many days as Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands who all have a minimum of 20 days holiday available. The leader of the category, France, offer a whole 30 days off; triple that of America.
Average weekly hours worked per country:
- Denmark – 37.60
- Norway – 38.40
- Germany – 38.80
- Italy – 38.80
- Netherlands – 38.90
- France – 39.10
- Ireland – 39.10
- Finland – 39.20
- Spain – 39.30
- Sweden – 39.80
- USA – 40.50
Caine Bird, Expert Payroll Writer at FMP Global said: “The data provides a necessary insight into American work culture, and how their approach compares to those of European countries. The 4-day work week has steadily gained attention, however putting this into practice can result in a shock to the system if people are too used to working longer hours.
“Reducing working hours and offering more holiday may sound counter-intuitive to being productive, however the data shows that by doing exactly this, staff feel more energised and ready to work effectively as a result of having more opportunity to relax and invest in their personal time.”
It’s not all bad news for the USA though, as they sat mid-table on the analysis of productivity increase per country, at $65.51 an hour. This represents the economic result of one hour of work, so for every hour an employee works, $65.51 is generated in the economy. Ireland leads this category, at $99.13 generated an hour – a huge $18.30 an hour more than Norway in second place.
UserTesting Highlights How Inflation Is Squeezing Indian Consumers, 75 Percent Join The Gig Economy To Meet Increased Cost Of Living
- On an average, 3 out of 5 Indians are witnessing the highest impact of inflation on entertainment and petrol expenditures
- In order to save money, 65 percent of Indians are now buying their necessary products from generic brands
- View consumer responses to the impact of inflation
India, July 13, 2022: UserTesting (NYSE: USER), a leader in video-based human insight, conducted a survey to understand the effects of the rising inflation on Indians’ spending habits and personal finances. As per the survey findings, over 95 percent of Indians reported that growing inflation is directly impacting their daily and monthly expenditure.
A host of cost pressures such as rising commodity prices, global supply disruptions, and more has been translated to end consumers in the form of elevated prices for goods and services across the board. Therefore, to meet basic needs, Indians are cutting back on their everyday expenses to meet their basic needs. About 60 percent of Indian respondents indicated that they are cutting back on entertainment and leisure activities such as movies, eating out, staycations, etc. Unsurprisingly, the respondents also mentioned minimizing personal car travel and opting for public transport to reduce their expenditure on petrol.
Mounting prices of essential commodities
Indians are facing the brunt of inflation majorly on petrol prices, as mentioned by 100 percent of the respondents during the survey. With essential grocery items such as bread witnessing a sharp rise in prices, 90 percent of the respondents have reported that it is becoming a burden to keep up with the inflation storm. Adding to the trouble, some respondents mentioned not having received any salary appraisals in the past year, leading to a reduction in personal savings for many.
Gig economy takes center stage amidst rising inflation
As inflation heats up, former motivations for side hustles, such as paying off debt and saving, have been replaced by a more pressing need: making ends meet. According to the survey, 75 percent of Indian respondents revealed that they are resorting to secondary sources of income to keep up with the increased cost of living. The popular options that were mentioned included freelancing and trading among other side gigs.
Indians replace their go-to shops: from big brands to local brands
Interestingly, the survey found that on average, 65 percent of Indians are buying from generic/local brands instead of name brands so as to save money. Stating that most generic brands are now offering the same quality of a product at a cheaper price, more than half of the Indians have shifted their focus on local brands, especially for purchases such as clothes and grocery items that are now being bought from local kirana shops.
UserTesting (NYSE: USER) has fundamentally changed the way organizations get insights from customers with fast, opt-in feedback and experience capture technology. The UserTesting® Human Insight Platform taps into our global network of real people and generates video-based recorded experiences, so anyone in an organization can directly ask questions, hear what users say, see what they mean, and understand what it’s actually like to be a customer. Unlike approaches that track user behavior and then try to infer what that behavior means, UserTesting reduces guesswork and brings customer experience data to life with human insight. UserTesting has approximately 2,500 customers, including more than half of the world’s top 100 most valuable brands according to Forbes. UserTesting is headquartered in San Francisco, California. To learn more, visit www.usertesting.com.
Nikola to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conferences
Nikola Corporation (Nasdaq: NKLA), a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure solutions, today announced its participation in the following investor conferences:
Kim Brady, CFO, will participate in a fireside chat at the Evercore ISI Global Clean Energy & Transition Technologies Summit on June 15, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET
- A webcast replay of the presentation will be accessible on the Investor section of the Nikola website https://nikolamotor.com/investors/news?active=events.
- Kim Brady, CFO, will participate in a fireside chat at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference on June 16, 2022, at 10:25 a.m. ET
- A live audio webcast and replay of the presentation will be accessible on the Investors section of the Nikola website https://nikolamotor.com/investors/news?active=events.
Nikola Corporation is globally transforming the transportation industry. As a designer and manufacturer of zero-emission battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen station infrastructure, Nikola is driven to revolutionize the economic and environmental impact of commerce as we know it today. Founded in 2015, Nikola Corporation is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.nikolamotor.com or Twitter @nikolamotor.
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2022 Zhejiang (HUZHOU) Export Online Fair (Europe-Textiles)
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Huzhou Committee and the China Chamber of International Commerce Huzhou Chamber of Commerce are organizing the online fair-2022 ZHEJIANG (HUZHOU) EXPORT ONLINE FAIR (EUROPE-TEXTILES) will be held online continually for 4 days from the 13th of June till the 17th of June 2022.
Facing the international epidemic situation, in order to promote the trade between Europe and Huzhou, Zhejiang in China, the 2022 ZHEJIANG (HUZHOU) EXPORT ONLINE FAIR (EUROPE-TEXTILES) will be held online.
This online fair is an international platform to help European buyers meet with professional Huzhou textiles enterprises. With abundant experience in holding expos, the Huzhou fair created the original mode of “internet + expo” in China’s exhibition field while is still keeping improving and upgrading it to a higher level. The aim of the exhibition is to provide a comprehensive overview of the global market and at the same time to offer the best possible stage for the high proportion of strong Chinese suppliers and the best European buyers.
At the exhibition there will be at least 40 quality exhibitors, the B2B Huzhou Expo will be completely free for European buyers. The exhibition will be held on the new online platform for the fair https://efair.zjseek.com/web/#/exhibition
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