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Is the 40-Hour Work Week Dead?


Washington Post "Federal Coach" Tom Fox of the Partnership for Public Service took up a question Friday about the increasing workload for employees in both the public and private sectors. "Is the 40-hour work week considered part time for white-collar professionals?" he was asked. "How does this play out among the federal workforce?"

Fox's response included the following:

Like private and nonprofit sector leaders, federal leaders are experiencing increased workloads that often make a 40-hour work week nearly impossible to keep. The greater expectations, demands and pace of change affect the public sector just as much, if not more so, than other sectors.

I'm interested in reaction to this from people in the federal sector. Is the 40-hour work week actually dead? Are managers and executives routinely required to work additional hours to get their work done? How about rank-and-file employees?

Use the comments section below to enlighten all of us about how it works in your organization.

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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