There\’s a new OECD report out and they\’ve a special chapter on something I\’ve been banging on about for years. When you talk about working hours you\’ve got to add unpaid, domestic, labour to the paid market work that most of us do.
So they do exactly this, to give us total working hours:
As you can see, we don\’t have the \”longest working hours in Europe\”, not even close. One fun fact:
Shopping also makes up a big part of unpaid work. Most people in OECD countries spend 23 minutes a day shopping, with the French spending the most (32 minutes)
Yup, see, all those small shops the French use, those vibrant high streets and everything? Adds to the working day, doesn\’t it? Which is what makes those nef reports so much fun. They keep telling us we must work less. They also keep telling us we should shop local. But shopping locally increases work…..
This also applies to such as the \”slow food\” movement. That\’s work you know:
Americans spend the least daily time cooking per day (30 minutes) and Turks the most in the OECD (74 minutes).