This is one study you should share with your bosses—ASAP!
Have you ever felt that the people around you are working too hard? Have you ever wondered if it's all just a drama to impress the big boss? Well, it's not. Apparently, we've been burning the midnight oil throughout the day, all year long (Hope my editor is reading this!). According to a new study conducted by Kempler Industries, a machinery supply company, D.C. is as busy as it looks, coming in at No. 1 on the list of hardest-working cities in America.
Kempler analyzed data from the Census Bureau from nearly 200 cities with a population of 150,000 or more. The ranking was calculated based on the measurements of five different metrics, including average commute time, average number of hours worked each week, the percentage of the workforce population that’s between 16 and 64, and the percentage of the workforce that’s over 65.
D.C. averaged high on almost all of the metrics and scored enough to be ranked No. 1.
Virginia Beach, our neighbor to the south, came in at No. 19, while Baltimore landed at No. 20 on the list.
“Once we put all the rankings together it was a pretty healthy mixture of big, metro cities. New York and Chicago make the list, but there’s also some middle tier cities … and even some smaller towns,” said Colin Czarnecki, a researcher with Chicago-based Digital Third Coast.
I'm not sure whether it's a good or bad thing, but D.C. also ranks highly on the list of the number of vacation days that go to waste. The study finds that people working in D.C. waste 32.9 percent of vacation days. Probably working instead of sipping margaritas on the beach or smoking cigars near the Alps.
“You know we talk about work-life balance a lot, and I think that’s something that should play a factor,” said Czarnecki. “If you’re among these cities then you might want to think about maybe using some of those unused vacation days, too.”
As much as we are proud of you, D.C., you need to take a break and dip your toes in the sand or take that road trip you've been dreaming off. The good news is, you still have a few weeks of summer vacation left to get out that Excel sheet and plan your getaway.
Why do you think people in D.C. work hard? Drop a name of a colleague in our comments section whom you think works really hard and needs a break.