Work Hours

Activity Description:


Provide statistical description of patterns and trends in the average work week of US employees.


  1. Click on the document at the end of this entry to view and/or download the PowerPoint slides containing graphs.
  2. Show the class the graphs.
  3. Encourage students to articulate the trends.
  4. Discuss factors that might have influenced the changes in the average length of men’s and women’s work week.
  5. What do they think will happen to the length of the average work week in the future? Why?

Activity Source:

Content contributed by Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes as a Suggested Work and Family Class Activity for the Sloan Networks’ Resources for Teaching section.

Activity Links to Materials:

Work_Hours_Graph (1)