Bloomberg | , Posted by Shobhat Gupta.
Americans have popularized “hustle culture,” but it’s French executives who do the most work, according to a new survey.
Nearly four in ten French business leaders admit to working intense, long hours without regular breaks, compared to 25 percent of the global average and the best in the U.S., U.K. and China, according to a survey by health insurer Bupa Global. is higher than the rate. French executives also had the most anxiety about individual work performance of any country surveyed. The survey authors found that their organizations’ ability to cope with the current economic instability, as well as their reluctance to work remotely compared to their global peers, contributed to their workaholic tendencies.
“This combination of external economic pressures and a tendency to take on responsibilities may contribute to French executives being overworked,” said Anthony Cabrelli, managing director of Bupa Global, which deals with expatriates, executives and other high-net-worth individuals. Serves people.
These findings may surprise some in light of French workplace policies and lifestyles. Most blue-collar and service workers work less than a 35-hour work week, and summer vacation can take up most of August. In 2017, France became the first European country to implement a law on the “right to disconnect,” requiring organizations to prohibit emails, calls or other workplace intrusions after certain hours. Is. The shift to remote work during the pandemic has prompted additional countries to propose similar legislation. For years, the French labor code prohibited anyone from eating lunch at their desks, although that law was suspended during the height of the pandemic.
Overworking was more common among executives who worked full-time in the office, according to the Bupa survey, which polled 2,439 high-net-worth individuals in eight regions in August and September.