Fun Facts About Working Life

Did you know?  Read this article and you might realise how good we have it here in Australia and the different working conditions around the world!  We have provided some interesting fun facts and data to give you an insight into how other countries operate!  These random work-related facts on this page coud be great content to share at your next dinner party!

Pick a fun fact for the day!

  1. Monday is the most common sick day. Except in Australia! I guess we are reliable folk - until Tuesday arrives - Australia's most common sick day.
  2. Fridays are the least likely sick day. People are much happier and more likely to fulfill their duties on a Friday.
  3. If you work 40 hours a week up until 65 years, you will work just over 90,000 hours in your lifetime.
  4. The industrial Revolution allowed people to work longer and year-round. Work was no longer dictated by seasons and natural lighting!
  5. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States of America (1861-1865).  He was self educated.  He did not have a degree. 
  6. In countries around the world, the working week ranges between 40-44 hours per week, but some countries have a great attitude toward work-life balance!
  7. Italy enjoys the best work-life balance, according to OECD, with only 3% of employees working more than 50 hours per week.
  8. In France the average work week is 35 hours, The Netherlands has the shortest work week in the world at 29 hours per week.
  9. Sadly in North Korea residents many residents are living and working in labour camps and work over 112 hours per week!
  10. In Japan the average working week is 60-70 hours. Many Japenese drop dead at work as a result. This is known as 'Karoshi'. Every year, over 10,000 Japenese suffer from 'Karoshi'
  11. The longest career in the same company is 84 years and 9 days, and was achieved by Walter Orthmann (b.1922, Brazil), who began working at Industrias Renaux S.A. on 17 January 1938, and continues to work at the company, which is now called RenauxView, in Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil, as of 26 January 2022.
  12. Queen Elizabeth II was a trained mechanic. When she was 16, the Queen joined the British employment agency at the Labour Exchange and learned the basics of truck repairs.
  13. Humans are not the only ones who work.  Some animals are hard workers too!  Worker bees will leave the beehive once they are about two weeks old.  They become foragers flying around up to five kilometres from the hive in search of nectar and pollen. Each trip takes about an hour and they usually complete ten trips a day, making it a very long working day of 10 hours!
  14. In Australia,73% of people aged 15 to 64 in Australia have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 66%.
  15. The word 'boss' is Dutch, meaning 'a master'
  16. The word 'employ' is Latin, meaning to 'enfold, involve, associate'
  17. The word 'work' means 'werg' meaning 'to do'
  18. 80% percent of jobs are gained through networking and not a resume!
  19. Once an item is filed, there is a 98% chance it will never see the light of day again.
  20. The average office worker spends 50 minutes a day looking for lost files and other items. That’s almost an hour a day!
  21. Multitasking at work can drop a persons IQ by ten points, which is equivalent to lack of sleep or taking drugs.
  22. People are more creative in the shower.  Taking a warm shower increases dopamine flow that makes us more creative.  Perhaps we should be installing showers at work!
  23. When office temperatures are low (20 degrees), employees make 44% more errors and are less productive than when temperatures are warmer (25 degrees). 
  24. Employees who have more control over the layout and design of their workspace are healthier and happier in the office.
  25. A chef's hat has 100 pleats. Apparently, it's meant to represent the 100 ways you can cook an egg! 
  26. McDonald's has 1.7 million employees worldwide
  27. One of the perkiest jobs going - A Netflix Viewer! Yes this is a job, analysing what viewers are after and watching content before it becomes public.
  28. One of the worst jobs in the world - Sewer Swimmer! In Mexico City, the sewer system is maintained by a group of workers who have to dive through human waste, animal corpses and rubbish to undertake repairs.

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