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Where does Switzerland stand in this?

Interesting figures here but how does CH compare. Are Swiss hard workers?Any thoughts?

http://www.oecd.org/document/60/0,37..._1_1_1,00.html

On the other hand this is good news: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/38/55/47573370.pdf

If you scroll down on first link it has info on the UK (eh, a "little" behind the US) and other countries.
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Old 15.04.2011, 05:29
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Re: Where does Switzerland stand in this?

Is that hours actually worked, or just being present at work. Is the work productive? Are the workers of one country slower than those of another?
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Good questions... Also, what about comute time?
In my experience, out of the 8.5 hours one spends at work, at least 30min go on short breaks or similar. So effective work is a bit less I'd say. And there's a strict routine amongst the Swiss in that perspective...
Bottom line, I think it depends on the type of work and person how hard working one is...
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Re: Where does Switzerland stand in this?

One thing is for sure, the swiss work more than the English... you know, with the pubs filling up after 4...
I can't imagine the french working more either, with their strikes and all...
And the spaniards? certainly not. Siesta time is too important

Ok, I'll stop here with the stereotypes
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Interesting figures here but how does CH compare. Are Swiss hard workers?Any thoughts?

http://www.oecd.org/document/60/0,37..._1_1_1,00.html

On the other hand this is good news: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/38/55/47573370.pdf

If you scroll down on first link it has info on the UK (eh, a "little" behind the US) and other countries.
Such statistics are complete rubbish. "Hard work" does not mean how many hours per day you are working but how efficiently you are carrying out your work
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Such statistics are complete rubbish. "Hard work" does not mean how many hours per day you are working but how efficiently you are carrying out your work
I agree. Most statistics do not tell the whole picture. According to this study, Mexico is the "hardest' working nation. Looking a little deeper into OECD, it so happens that the Secretary General is Angel Guria former chief negotiator for Mexico in restructuring the country's sovereign debt with bank worldwide back in the 80's. Hmmm!!!

"How efficiently you are carrying out your work" ( productivity). Right again.

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Re: Where does Switzerland stand in this?

was interesting to read, i know i work more here then in the uk, if you include the travel to work also it means that i do a 13 hour day where as in the uk i was doing 9 hours including travel, then there is not forgetting the cooking and cleaning at the weekends and doing supper when i get home in the week, i reckon if i got paid for all i do i would be rich, lol
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was interesting to read, i know i work more here then in the uk, if you include the travel to work also it means that i do a 13 hour day where as in the uk i was doing 9 hours including travel, then there is not forgetting the cooking and cleaning at the weekends and doing supper when i get home in the week, i reckon if i got paid for all i do i would be rich, lol
Two aspects.

I at the start of my "working life" regarded the way to work as part of the work. On a visit to relatives in Texas, they there told me that I should correct this and regard the way to and from work as MY SPARE time, to use the way for shopping, for looking at things and to enjoy the way.

Then, I conclude that you work some 2 hours more than you did in the UK. If this means that you "produce" lots more than in the UK, alright (for your employer mostly !) if it however means that it is due to "circumstances" than these "circumstances" ought to be improved.
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