The Washington Post

In the 1980s, everybody was working for the weekend,


or so a hit song from the period proclaimed. Now, working on the weekend is becoming more commonplac­e in some sectors as layoffs increase and workers seek time to focus, free from the deluge of meetings and other distractio­ns. The average hours worked on Saturday and Sunday last year increased 5 percent to 6.6, according to Activtrak, which analyzed almost 175 million hours of work across 134,260 anonymized users of its productivi­ty-management software worldwide. While just 5 percent of all workers tracked toiled on the weekend, certain industries, like technology and media, saw a spike of 25 percent or more hours worked in 2022 compared with a year earlier. The reasons are twofold: Job cuts that have heaped more work on fewer staffers, along with a need to escape the constant interrupti­ons from the likes of Zoom calls and Slack chats.

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