Senior Managers Working More Hours Than Five Years Ago

Menlo Park, CA -- Today’s busy manager is likely to feel there aren’t enough minutes in the day, a new survey shows. Executives polled said, on average, they work 54 hours each week. More than a third (36 percent) said their time spent on the job has increased compared to five years ago.

The survey was developed by Robert Half, the world’s first and largest staffing service specializing in the accounting, finance and information technology fields. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 executives with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.


Executives were asked, “On average, how many hours do you work per week?”
The mean response was 54 hours.

Executives were also asked, “How does this compare to five years ago?”


More hours  36%
The same hours 39%
Fewer hours 25%

“Overtime isn’t uncommon among executives, particularly in today’s business environment where maintaining productivity with fewer resources is the norm,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies (Hungry Minds, Inc.). But Messmer cautions that managers who continually work extended hours are at risk of burnout, which can impact their performance over the long term.

“Executives should regularly evaluate workloads, looking for signs of excessive overtime among employees at all levels,” Messmer advises. “Shifting priorities, reassigning tasks or bringing in temporary workers during peak business cycles can often alleviate some of the burden on full-time staff.”

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