Comparing Workers Around The Globe
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Whether you work a 9-to-5 job or are up late on the night shift, you have your own routine for the workday: Get dressed, commute, clock in and out, maybe go to happy hour, and hopefully take a ...

Whether you work a 9-to-5 job or are up late on the night shift, you have your own routine for the workday: Get dressed, commute, clock in and out, maybe go to happy hour, and hopefully take a vacation now and then. When you look at the average workday in the 10 largest economies around the world, you begin to see how alike workers can be—and also where they differ the most.

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  • If you feel like you’re always in the office, you may be in Italy, where nearly two-thirds of workers have taken only a week of vacation time or personal days in the last year. You might be be er off looking for work in Japan, the only surveyed country where nearly half (46 percent) of workers took off 35 or more days off from work. Getting out of the office Getting out of the office - DAYS Italy 64% U.K. 29% U.S. 27% (tied with 8-14 days) Brazil 20% - DAYS India 34% U.S. 27% (tied with 0-7 days) - DAYS China 28% Russia 35% France 25% - DAYS DAYS Japan 46% Germany 30% - DAYS Although everyone may seem glued to their smartphones these days, they’re not using these devices to call each other. In all 10 surveyed countries, face-to-face communication beats electronic messages such as emails, texts and instant messages by large margins. Phone conversations are the least used form of communication for all workers. How are we communicating? How are we communicating? FACE-TO-FACE DIGITAL PHONE USUKFRANCEGERMANY ITALYRUSSIAINDIA CHINAJAPANBRAZIL Totals may not equal 100% due to rounding. How many hours are in the typical working week? How many hours are in the typical working week? - HOURS U.K. China - HOURS France Germany Italy Russia India Japan Brazil U.S. Socializing with co-workers outside of office hours can be a good way to learn about your colleagues, relax a er a hard day at work or complain about the boss. If you want to ask a co-worker to grab a drink a er work, you're be er off doing so in China or India. Chances are your less social colleagues in the U.S. and Germany won’t accept your invitation. Who attends happy hours or other social events with co-workers? Who attends happy hours or other social events with co-workers? 98%CHINA INDIA BRAZIL RUSSIA JAPAN FRANCE U K ITALY U S GERMANY 93% 76% 68% 66% 64% 55% 53% 41% 38% Whether you work a 9-to-5 job or are up late on the night shi , you have your own routine for the workday: Get dressed, commute, clock in and out, maybe go to happy hour, and hopefully take a vacation now and then. When you look at the average workday in the 10 largest economies around the world, you begin to see how alike workers can be—and also where they differ the most. Workers around the world: How do you compare? BUSINESS FORMAL 50% 38% 37% 29% 21% 17% 16% 15% 15% 11% Not too long ago you could have walked into an office to see a sea of workers dressed up in their suits and ties. Today, you’re only likely to see that if you visit a workplace in India. In every other surveyed country, you’re more likely to find workers looking relaxed in sweaters, bu on-up shirts, and pants. BUSINESS CASUAL 64% 57% 51% 51% 50% 49% 45% 45% 42% 36% Suit and tie optionalSuit and tie optional U.S. Brazil Italy U.K. Russia China France Germany Japan India India China Japan U.K. Russia France Germany Italy Brazil U.S. How often are workers bringing work home? How often are workers bringing work home? U K U S FRANCE GERMANY ITALY RUSSIA INDIA CHINA JAPAN BRAZIL ONE DAY A WEEK NEVER This survey was conducted online within the U.S., Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia and the U.K. by Harris Interactive©on behalf of CareerBuilder among 400 to 2,279 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time, not self-employed, government and non-government) in each country between May 9 and June 5, 2013 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples ranging from 400 to 2,279, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error between +/- 4.9 and +/-2.05 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.