17 seriously disturbing facts about your job
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- Statistics show that people's jobs can contribute to workaholism, insomnia, and divorce.
- The average person spends more than 90,000 hours in their lifetime at work, and it affects their personal lives.
- Here are some more disturbing facts about the state of work around the world.
How many hours does the average person commute per year?
How much weight will you gain at your current job?
How many hours will you work in your lifetime?
The answer to those questions, it turns out: a lot. Here are some more depressing facts about the state of work in our world today.
The average American spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime.
And 80% of US workers are outright dissatisfied with their jobs.
One University of North Carolina study showed that half of marriages in the US with a workaholic spouse end in divorce — compared to 16% of marriages without one.
A third of managers in the UK say they're losing their sense of humor because of work.
And nearly 60% say their jobs are making them insomniacs.
The average American spends more than 100 hours commuting every year.
In the US, stress from work is estimated to be the fifth-biggest cause of death.
In Japan, hundreds of Japanese workers die every year from "karoshi," or death by overwork. That might involve suicide or simply dropping dead at their desks.
Women earn 80% of what men are paid in the US, and that gender wage gap isn't on track to close until 2119.
The wage gap even more pronounced for women of color. Hispanic women were paid 54% and black women were paid 63% of what white men were paid in 2016.
Nearly half of America has gained weight at their current job; 26% have gained more than 10 pounds, 11% have gained more than 20.
Americans used 17 vacation days on average last year, less than the average of 20 vacation days they used in the 1980s and 1990s.
And the majority of Americans don't even use all of their vacation days; there were 705 million unused days off last year nationwide.
That might not be changing for the better anytime soon, as 40% of millennials say they "feel guilty" for using all of their vacation days.
And even when employees do go on vacation, 42% of them say they feel the pressure to check in with their offices while they're gone.