Survey Says Women Are Working Longer, Harder Hours On The Job

Many of us are putting in longer hours on the job these days, whether it’s in an office at a desk, in a warehouse or on a store floor. But according to a new survey, women are clocking in more hours at work, and are working harder than their male counterparts.

A survey by software recruiting firm Bullhorn Inc. involving more than 5,000 workers found that 54% of women say they worked more than nine hours a day, compared to only 41% of men with the same claim, reports CBS 4 in Miami.

“There is a slight advantage to the women that they are putting in longer days than men. Generally, women are working harder and longer,” said Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn.

Originally, Bullhorn wasn’t aiming to study gender, just work habits, but the difference between men and women jumped out to researchers.

It’s not just at the job that women are working more — 68% of women surveyed said they stayed connected with the office while on vacation, as well as on days off. Only 62% of men said the same.

“Everyone really wants to prove themselves at their job. So if someone needs you, you want to be ready, you want to have your Blackberry,” said one woman in the survey.

Men didn’t mind picking up the phone more frequently to make a certain kind of call — 21% of men admitted to playing hooky the last time they called in sick, compared to 14% of women.

Who else is thinking of Diane Keaton in Baby Boom right now? Just me? Okay then.

Survey: Women Put In Longer Hours At The Office [CBS 4 Miami]


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  1. crispyduck13 says:

    Personally I think this is the major mistake women make in corporate America. They have this mindset that if they work super hard, specifically harder than their male counterparts, that they will be recognized and rewarded for it. Many of these women, myself included, have trouble saying “no” and end up doing work they really shouldn’t. Mr. Papas should think of another word to describe the outcome of his survey, it’s certainly not an “advantage.” You need look no further than the executive lineup in whatever random corporate office is closest to you, or the one you’re sitting in right now, for proof of this.

    Instead of being rewarded I see women who work their tails off getting laid off or stagnating just the same as the slacker guy next to them with the same title.

    • VintageLydia says:

      I think it’s also the fact that in many offices and industries, women have to work harder/longer/faster/more effectively than their male counterparts to get the same recognition. This isn’t true in all situations, obviously, but even being told repeatedly “You’re going to have to work harder than your colleagues just so you won’t be stuck get everyone’s coffee and being the only one to cover the receptionist when she’s on break” will have an effect on the way women work.

      • Quirk Sugarplum says:

        The problem (well, a problem) is the defintion of “same recognition”. A lot of bosses will recognize that you’re a great worker, on par with your male counterparts. Annoyingly, only a few seem to recognize that you are a *promotable* worker.

        Too often I’ve seen a postion open and rather than choose the experienced “next in line” woman, there’s a cross-department transfer and a man takes the spot. Or, more frustratingly, someone brings in a male company outsider on some pretext (if a reason is given at all). And yes, the latter has happened to me – once even after having been told I had the job.

      • jesusofcool says:

        I very much agree. Women, particularly young women, have to work longer and harder to be noticed in many cases. I think many of the comments by the male commentors on this article show just how ingrained sexism has become in the workplace.
        That said, I think women are also more likely to overwork in part because of personality traits they’re more likely to have. I know many women who take what happens at work and their job success very personally, versus male friends who seem to be able to leave work behind a bit easier. The men I’ve worked with are also more aggressive about saying no and carving out their space of what’s not their job.

    • scoutermac says:

      I am a male. I worked in an office performing contract IT work for a large company. i was told that if I worked really hard and put in extra hours I would get hired directly.

      Three and a half years later they booted me out in favor of a different contract company. So much for the work harder and you get rewarded theory.

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      We won’t be recognized as long as most CEO’s are men. Men have oppressed women for thousands of years. That’s not going to change. Men are almost always going to give high powered positions to other men because they want to stay on top. No one would willingly want to give up their power.

  2. Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

    If I worked with a woman who did splits like that all day I’d be working longer and harder, too.

  3. NeverLetMeDown says:

    Personally, I’ll take the department of labor’s long survey history and much larger sample size over a survey of 5k workers conducted by a software recruiter I’ve never heard of. According to the Dept of Labor, of men 20 years old and older working full-time (i.e. 35 hours a week or more), the average hours worked is 43.5, vs. 40.7 for women. Remember, this is just for the sample of people working 35 hours a week or more. If you include part-timers, the gap expands to 41 hours for men and 36.5 hours for women, since more women work part-time.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      So is this just reported hours? What about unpaid overtime (including working lunches)?

      • NeverLetMeDown says:

        It’s reported hours. Unless you have grounds (actual data, not just what you accurately describe in other posts as “Shit I made up” or “vague hand waving”) to believe that men are less likely to take an unpaid lunch for some reason, then it doesn’t make a difference.

    • RandomHookup says:

      Actually, Bullhorn is a recruiting software company, not a software recruiting company. I’ve heard of them.

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      Couldn’t that be because women are more likely to be offered part-time positions than men? A huge majority of jobs are in the service sector for hourly wages. Men could be getting more hours than women because they are men.

  4. MrMagoo is usually sarcastic says:

    It’s about time.

    /just kidding

  5. Fast Eddie Eats Bagels says:

    This is because a woman’s work is only worth 70% compared to a man. I guess this makes up for the difference.

    teehee /s

  6. axolotl says:

    more than ever
    hour after
    our work is
    never over

    • Princess Beech loves a warm cup of treason every morning says:

      Oh, great. Now Daft Punk is now stuck in my head.

  7. deathbecomesme says:

    In Butthead voice*

    You said “long” and “hard” huh uh huh uh huh huh

  8. bhr says:

    I find this result completely unbelievable. I even go so far as to suggest that the company faked the data to get press.

    Not only do the Bureau and Statistics (Labor Department) constantly release reports that say otherwise, basic common sense would suggest this based on the type of industries that are favored by each gender and the role of women in childcare.

  9. axhandler1 says:

    Wow, what an unscientific survey.

  10. coffee100 says:

    Probably doing the work of all their co-workers who were fired by incompetent crybaby lying middle managers.

  11. highfructosepornsyrup says:

    the title of this should be:

    Survey Says Women Say They Are Working Longer, Harder Hours On The Job

    just sayin…

  12. sagodjur says:

    Tell that to Alex Castellanos.

  13. Princess Beech loves a warm cup of treason every morning says:

    I have to admit I don’t, except when needed. I reflect what’s around me. If others go home early, I just wrap up and leave, too. If it is imperative that I have to work overtime, I will. I’ve been through a whole lot in my previous job without any work-life balance, I’m now making sure I get my fair share of work & life on my new job.

    In my old job, I had to DRAG myself to work. Now, it’s more “I know I have to go to work because other people depend on me and I get the job done”.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I’m trying to be mindful of that while I’m job hunting. I didn’t have to work overtime at my exjob–they were too cheap to pay it– but I really don’t want to get stuck in another stressful situation. It’s a job to me, not a career (that is a separate thing that has nothing to do with working right now). Feeling exhausted and awful about going to work, even if you don’t have to do overtime, is not conducive to putting in quality work in either one.

  14. MajorGroove says:

    9 hours a day? Wusses. Try 30 hour “days.”

    Only 2 more months until my residency is complete. . .

  15. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    They must have interviewed a lot of stay at home moms, who claim to to work 24/7/365.25


    • caradrake says:

      I’m a stay at home mom. I would consider myself “on call” 24/7, but there is a lot of downtime where I can read a book or play a game of my own while the kiddos are playing or cleaning their room.

      There’s more downtime/me-time now that they are 3 and 5, than when they were newborns, and that downtime will increase when they get older, too. Won’t need as much constant supervision, can feed themselves…

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        I heard on the radio that research showed stay at home momes only work an average of something in the vicinity of 3 hours. I think what you just described is probably where they get that number. Just being present isn’t “working” it’s as you said being more on call.

  16. dks64 says:

    Wait a minute… people take vacations? I haven’t been on a “vacation” (never a “true” vacation) in years. And every time I’ve left, I’ve had my phone flooded with text messages saying “Can you work for me tonight?” Every time. Does that count as staying connected? :P

    And as for playing hooky, I haven’t done it even once in 10 years. At my current job, I’ve called in sick for 3 days, when I had a pinched nerve in my back and couldn’t move. I’ve come in with bronchitis twice, sinus infection, hives, severe cramps…. I know that calling in means other people have to pick up the slack. I don’t like doing that to my coworkers unless I truly can’t make it in.

    I’ve been working 6 days a week lately, it’s rough but I need the money.

  17. nearly_blind says:

    This isn’t going to over well but, over a white-collar/salaried work-day, the average woman probably spends about 20 minutes to 1/2 hour more in the restroom than men. With everything else being equal they should stay at the office longer to compensate.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      You forgot your source: “Shit I made up”, Bureau of Unverified Data, 2012.

    • scoutermac says:

      most woman I have worked with in offices also tend to take one and a half hour lunch breaks too.

    • who? says:

      In before anyone else…please don’t feed the troll. It only encourages it.

    • zombie_batch says:

      LOL, lets start tracking everyone’s bathroom time because some idiot on the internet without even anecdotal evidence says women spend more time in the bathroom and that it’s unfair. Why don’t you quit being an idiot and go hang out in the bathroom if you think its so unfair? Or take up smoking so you can have a “smoke break” in addition to regular breaks and bathroom breaks and meal breaks, because this perceived “extra time in the bathroom” is so unilaterally unfair.

      A well documented fact, unlike yours which is made up bullshit, is that women make about 60-70% of every dollar a man in the same job does. But you’re upset about some perceived inequality in bathroom time. Good priorities.

      • nearly_blind says:

        Do I really need to cite a formal study to prove that women go to the restroom more often each day than men, and spend more time in the restroom each time? If there is one out there it probably has a good shot of winning an Ignobel Award.

        I didn’t mention or have any issues with “fairness” , that is your emotional response/assumption. I only proposed a logical and simple explanation for the small difference in the percentage of M/F that claimed to work longer than 9 hours/day.
        I haven’t been someone’s employee for years so I have no reason to be jealous or feel that I’ve been treated unfairly. I have started and led several companies and managed lots of white collar professionals, all of which I only judged based on how they got their work done not how much time they spent in the office or at their desk.

        Political correctness doth not reality make.

        • zombie_batch says:

          “With everything else being equal they should stay at the office longer to compensate.”

          You’re right, you never used the word “fair” or a variation on it. Whats your point then? Oh yeah, some retarded shit about how you know better than everyone else, supported by lots of facts.

  18. rockelscorcho says:

    All the women, independent! Raise your hands up in the air!!

  19. sagodjur says:

    The other flaw in this (and every other study like it) is that it doesn’t (and probably can’t) address factors such as efficiency or how many hours are necessary to perform ones duties.

    Some people take longer to do things, so the fact that they technically work more hours is not a positive thing. I have coworkers who take forever to get simple projects done and tell everyone that they’re just too busy to do “extra projects” that fall under their job description, but they have little to show for it when you ask for evidence of results. Other coworkers will get their projects done early and slack off the rest of the day because they literally can’t do anything more because their managers are too busy to approve the next step of the project, etc.

    So hours worked, whether one is arguing that men or women are the ones doing the greater amount of work, may be completely irrelevant. About the only work this study would be relevant for is work that is literally only a matter of time spent and all workers would have to necessarily take the same amount of time performing the duties of the position.

  20. angiepants says:

    i wonder if they studied their own employees, it was definitely true when i worked there. ugh

  21. zombie_batch says:

    Well documented fact: Women also get paid less per dollar than their male counterparts while working longer. Longer hours for less pay. What a good system.

    “Everyone really wants to prove themselves at their job. So if someone needs you, you want to be ready, you want to have your Blackberry,” said one woman in the survey. /quote

    People who propagate this idea that we should be slaves of our employers, shackled by communication devices, should be set on fire. Work more, get paid the same but rewarded with keeping your job? INCENTIVES ABOUND.