On New Year’s Eve 2014, 835 of 1000 police officers meant to be on duty in Rome phoned in sick.
In Japan, death by overwork is so common that they have a word for it, “Karoshi”. Some examples of karoshi are: working 110 hours a week, working 3000 hours a year with no days off in 15 years, working 4320 hours a year, and working 34 hour shifts five times a month.
Grocery cashiers in the US are seldomly given chairs to sit during work (unlike in Europe).
A study by the London School of Economics found that the place human beings feel most miserable is work.
Sanitation workers in Karachi, Pakistan are often completely submerged in raw sewage as they work, using their bare hands and feet to move sludge.
In 2013, a US IT worker outsourced his own job to a man in China. He paid the man 1/5 of his salary and then he sat at his desk browsing the internet. He was found out after a security audit discovered some suspicious VPN activity.
A company is attempting to create a community of tech workers aboard a cruise ship anchored 12 miles from the US sea border so that they don’t have to obey labor laws or get work visas.
Jon Huntsman, the Republican governor, instituted a 4 day work week in Utah: 2/3 of employees said it made them more productive, it reduced conflict at home and work, led to higher staff morale, lower absenteeism, and cut carbon emissions by 14%.
Robert F. Kennedy took up a paper route as a young boy. However, he had the family chauffeur driving him, so that he could make his deliveries in a Rolls-Royce.
Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers.