More than 30 companies will take part in a 4 day week pilot

  • 4 day work week pilot
  • North America

4 Day Work Week in the U.S.

Traditionally, the U.S. has had a 5 day work week. While the 4 day work week has not been adopted in the U.S. to date, the country is taking steps to determine if it’s a feasible option. The organization 4 Day Week Global is leading a 4 day work week pilot program across the U.S. and Canada.

The program will include nearly 2,000 employees and 35 companies across North America.

Working Hours in the U.S.

Standard working hours in the U.S. are from 8 AM until 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Unlike many countries across the world, U.S. companies don’t close for a rest period in the afternoon. Even during the standard lunch hour (12 PM until 1 PM), companies generally remain open.

As of 2021, the average number of hours worked weekly in the U.S. was 38.7. On average, data shows that men in America work longer hours (40.5) than women (36.6).

In the United States, it’s rare for offices to require their workers to come in on the weekend. Workers in some industries, such as hospitality and medical care, are required to operate on weekends.

Vacation Policy in the U.S.

In the U.S, there are no federal laws or regulations that require companies to grant vacation time to employees, either paid or unpaid. Vacation time in the United States depends solely on an employee’s agreement with their employer.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 92% of workers employed by the largest companies in the private sector receive some amount of paid vacation time.

There are 11 federal holidays in the United States. Many companies provide these dates as time off to employees, but legally they aren’t obligated to do so.

Part Time Working in the U.S.

The United States has a low proportion of part time employees compared to many countries. Only 25% of workers in the U.S. worked part time as of 2021, a 5% drop overall since 1994.

Like the majority of countries, the proportion of women working part time in the United States is higher than the proportion of men working part time. As of 2021, 31% of the overall female employment in the United States worked part time, while part time workers only accounted for 20% of men in the workforce.

Remote Working in the U.S.

The United States has seen a rise in the number of remote workers since the start of Covid-19. Before the pandemic, around 24% of employees worked remotely, while post pandemic, 38% of workers report working remotely at least some of the time.

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