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9-To-5 Would Mean Paradise

The expression „9-to-5“, which is derived from American business which traditionally had the opening hours 9 a.m. to 5.p.m., Monday to Friday shall suggest one has 40 working hours per week ( 5 days * 8 hours/day).

It’s an open secret that this is utopian and that 40 hours will never result in 40 hours. For ‘important customers’, ‘urgent tasks’ or other absolutely ‘unpostponable things’, working hours per week can easily become 48, 50 or even 60.

This can happen in each kind of business sectors.

  • The escapist gives an example for the game developing industry: “Every game developer usually goes through a period where a lot more work needs to be done to finish a game by a deadline than can fit in a 40-hour work week. Sometimes, that week balloons to 80 hours or more just to meet the ambitious milestones set by publishers and game producers.” (more…)