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What are the top ten countries with the shortest working hours? - Answers

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What are the top ten countries with the shortest working hours?

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In today’s competitive world, time is equated with wealth. The nine-hours office rule is not universal. There are countries that are easy on the working hours as their focus is on the output. This trend of fewer working hours is prominent in the developed countries where Germany tops the list with least average annual working hours of 1,356 hours, followed by Denmark and Norway.

When work is completed in fewer hours with the least possible wastage, the organization is said to be efficient. It has been observed that the employees with fewer working hours are an asset for the organizations and more dedicated to their work. Their health is better and so is their work-life balance.

On a close observation, one would find that it is the European countries that have lesser working hours in comparison to others.

Here is a table representing top ten countries having least working hours, as per the 2016 data published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD, which was founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade publishes this report annually.

Country Average annual working hours
Germany 1,356
Denmark 1,408
Norway 1,419
Netherlands 1,433
France 1,514
Luxembourg 1,518
Belgium 1,546
Switzerland 1,570
Sweden 1,609
Australia 1,613

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