Compare Your Work Week With the Top 10 Hardest Working Cities
By the time Friday rolls around, we all feel like we’ve had the longest workweek (+ commute) of our lives. After cramming work, kids, girls’ night and more between early morning meetings and late evening brainstorm sessions, it sort of feels like we’re running on E by the time the weekend rolls around, only for us to recharge on Saturday and Sunday in order to start the roller coaster all over. For those wanting to brag, new research has unveiled the hardest working cities in the US. But the criteria for that honor may leave the victors far from actually coveting that W.
A recent study released by the Office of the New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer identified New York City as the hardest working metro in the US. Before you throw a parade for The Big Apple, you’ll want to check the deciding factors, as this research doc may need a new title: The City With the Longest Work Week. That’s because the rankings of 30 of the largest cities were determined by combining the average hours spent at work with the average time spent commuting to + from the office. Oh, those inescapable commutes.
According to the report, New York workers spend an average of 42.5 hours on the job, which is actually on par with the median office hours in Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Dallas and more. However, New Yorkers took the cake for average time spent commuting every week — that would be six-plus hours — which is ultimately what catapulted the city to number one. Six hours — that’s literally longer than the entire first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
With other cities’ averages ranging from 41 to 43 hours a week, San Francisco’s workforce topped the chart when it came to time spent at the office with 44 hours. So while we may be a little biased, we think SF people work pretty freakin’ hard ;)
Commuting averages varied from three hours (Charlotte, Austin, San Antonio and more) to five hours (Chicago and Philadelphia) — with the supreme commuting city, New York, holding strong at six. But for those thinking a shorter commute would equate to more time spent at the desk, that assumption would be wrong. The study found “a positive correlation between the average number of work hours and the average number of commuting hours across cities. The more time one spends at work, the more time they are likely to spend commuting and vice versa.” So think of it this way: Commute less, work less (but with the same results). Find out if your city made the “hardest” working city list below.
Top 10 Hardest Working Cities
1. New York, NY
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Houston, TX
5. Fort Worth, TX
6. Chicago, IL
7. Boston, MA
8. Charlotte, NC
9. Baltimore, MD
10. Seattle, WA
Check out the full report here.
What city do you work in and how long is your workweek? Let us know in the comments.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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