As average US workweek expands, consultants may forget to relax
December 01, 2014

Time management is affected by a number of factors, including the software professionals use, the amount of effort these individuals put into their jobs, and the level of flexibility they have to restructure their workweeks.

Bookkeeping is a hard trade, in many respects. While technology can provide assistance in the way of number crunching, accountants are sought out for investment and budgeting advice, requiring them to assign more attention to their responsibilities. 

U.S. employees working longer workweeks 
Gallup recently conducted a survey of 1,271 adults working full time in the U.S., discovering that the standard five-day schedule has gone beyond 9-to-5. Now, the average employee works 47 hours per week, meaning that those who get paid by the hour are receiving around seven hours of overtime every week. Notable figures from the study are outlined below:

  • Just under one-fifth of respondents (18 percent) asserted they work more than 60 hours on a weekly basis. 
  • A mere 8 percent of participants reported they work fewer than 40 hours a week. 
  • More than one-fifth (21 percent) maintained they work 50 to 59 hours in an average week. 
  • Eleven percent of study participants noted they typically put in 41 to 49 hours over the same time period, while 42 percent spend exactly 40 hours at the grind. 

These statistics show that 50 percent of the U.S. workforce is working more than 40 hours every week. In addition, it's evident that salaried employees often put in more hours than those forced to abide by hourly schedules. 

Tips for staying relaxed 
While those who work 80 hours in the office every week are often revered by their counterparts, it should be noted that these professionals aren't indefatigable. Sooner or later, they're going to get burned out, and their performance will suffer as a result. 

As accountants typically receive salary pay, chances are they're likely putting in more than 40 hours. Forbes outlined four tips to help these and other professionals working in intense industries relax:

  • Speak with your manager regarding how much work you can handle and set up a schedule that reflects this volume. 
  • Rank outside priorities and correlate them with your work life. If you want to spend an hour at the gym four nights a week, set that priority. 
  • Find smart accounting software that eliminates manual tasks from day-to-day bookkeeping responsibilities. 
  • If you're "in the zone" one day, take advantage of it and keep going. This will provide you with some wiggle room on days consisting of long meetings. 

Remember, it's OK to have a life outside of the office. 

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