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The Pandemic Made the Workweek Longer

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The increase in workweek hours could indicate that employees replaced some commuting time with work time.

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The average American's workweek has gotten 10% longer during the pandemic, according to a Microsoft study published in Nature Human Behaviour. The longer hours are a key part of the pandemic-induced crisis of burnout at U.S. firms, and workers are quitting in droves.

Microsoft calculated the length of the workday based on the time between Teams users' first email, message, or work call and their last. Longer workweeks don't necessarily mean more working, the study says.

People may be spending more time logged on because they are distracted with other obligations while working from home. This contributes to burnout because the lines between work life and home life are increasingly blurred, experts say.

Studies have shown that workers are happier and more focused with shorter workweeks, and are therefore more productive.

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