It is a well known fact that Americans, in general, are among the hardest working people on the planet.
According to financial site WalletHub, Americans work an average of 1,767 hours per year. In contrast, Germans spend around 1,332 hours per year, while hard-working Mexican citizens work an average of 2,124 hours per year.
Not only does the average American devote a lot of hours, but many (including me) don’t take all of the paid time off available to them. I can say that I personally lose a few hours of PTO each year and that suits me perfectly. Even though I lose a few days of PTO, I feel like I have a lot of free time.
The thing is, I’m fortunate enough to have a job that I absolutely love, so I’m not necessarily looking to take time off to get away from work. In fact, I usually go on a trip or in some cases tackle a few projects around the house that I have put off.
But mine is a rather rare situation. Some people do not use all of their paid time off for fear that they will not appear dedicated to their work. Others just don’t want to fall behind at work.
That being said, being a hard worker is a good thing, in my opinion. But, it’s important to find the right work / life balance to avoid burnout.
Of course, not everyone sees it as I do, with different attitudes towards work in each state. But, I’m pretty close to the majority of my fellow Texans.
According to WalletHub’s study of the hardest working states in the United States, Texas is ranked 5th in the country. This is no surprise to me. As is the case with most of my closest friends here, a good work ethic was instilled in me from an early age. And for that, I am grateful.
Top 10 Hardest Working States in America
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
Get the full results of the study and the methodology used there.
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