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40 Hour Work Week

Don’t we all work past the general 9-5?

If you want to get ahead, as an employee, you are highly encouraged to work beyond the average 40 hour work week. Putting in extra time means you are paving the way for a successful future. It shows you have passion and that you care.

Inevitably, we all end up taking a little bit of the office home with us. It’s only natural that you think about business after you leave for the day, as we spend a majority of our time at work. Being connected to our phones more or less 24/7 makes it more difficult to unplug, particularly depending on the nature of the job. Regardless, here are some things to consider when it comes to the work week…


  • Try not to be resentful if you are not being compensated for doing a little extra outside of the office, especially if it’s your choice. You’re getting paid in experience. Or perhaps for your own piece of mind.


  • There is evidence that suggests working more than 40 hours a week can be harmful to employees and the company as a whole. Just as you wouldn’t bring your personal life to work, you should try not to bring work home with you.


  • Is time management an issue for you? Do you have trouble staying focused in the office? Many people are busy, but not necessarily productive. People often get stressed out over unfinished things in the office. For solutions on staying focused, read here or to make the most of your office time read here.


  • It’s best to clear your head after a day in the office. It’s important to keep your mind and body healthy. Work out, talk to a friend or family member. Read more here.



Did you know that working 40 hours per week was not always the norm? In 1890 the government began tracking work hours and determined that most employees were working up to 100 hours! That averages out to be a 14.5 hour day, 7 days per week. We realize many business owners keep a similar work schedule, as work is life for many.


The major piece of federal legislation governing wage and hour rights in Florida is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This Act was first created in 1938 and has been changed numerous times since then.

The FLSA basically requires:

  • “Covered” workers be paid the prevailing minimum wage;
  • “Covered” workers be paid at least one and one-half times their regular hourly wage for each hour worked over 40 hours in a given workweek;
  • Certain protections for children so that they are not employed in a hazardous workplace; and
  • Employers to comply with certain record-keeping requirements.

For more information on this topic, one of our readers has kindly shared this piece with us. We recommend you read this excellent contribution. This article was written by John Hawthorne who is an efficiency expert and business writer who has a very keen interest in e-commerce. For the latest from John check out his article on setting up an online drop-shipping business.


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