If you feel you spend long days at the office and put in an excessive\n\nnumber of work hours a week, you have plenty of company. The good news\n\nis that it isn\u2019t as bad as it was just a few years ago.\n\nThe majority of senior executives and managers now spend 10 hours\n\nor more in a typical workday, based on a new survey by NFI Research.\n\nFor these business leaders, the 40-hour workweek is only a memory, with\n\nthe majority working 51 hours or more a week.\n\nIn 2003, when we conducted this same survey, 70 percent of\n\nexecutives and managers were spending 10 hours or more a day, compared\n\nto 58 percent today. At that time, 65 percent were spending 51 or more\n\nhours a week at work, compared to 58 percent today.\n\n \u201cGone are the days of the 40-hour workweek,\u201d said one survey\n\nrespondent. \u201cMy company expects all managers to put in 50 to 60 hours a\n\nweek as the average.\u201d\n\nSaid another: \u201cFifty hours is a typical minimum workweek for\n\nmost of the managers and executives I know. This likely doesn\u2019t include\n\nthem doing e-mails at home, answering BlackBerrys at family events,\n\netc. It is a bit out of control in that regard.\u201d\n\nWith many mergers and acquisitions today, there are situations\n\nin which companies require even more hours than the high normal amount.\n\n\n\n\u201cI\u2019ve been working six to seven days a week, 12-plus hours a day as we\n\nrestructure our company,\u201d said one respondent. \u201cThis is not very\n\nsustainable, and I\u2019m starting to look for a new job.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n\nReasons for the number of hours worked vary. For some, it is the sheer amount of work that needs to get done.\n\n\n\n\u201cWork volume is growing, and the number of hours isn\u2019t,\u201d said\n\none respondent. \u201cYou work longer to meet deadlines, and senior\n\nmanagement wonders why you need additional resources. It\u2019s a chronic\n\nCatch-22.\u201d\n\nAnother reason so many people work so many hours is peer\n\npressure. After all, who wants to be the last to arrive or the first to\n\nleave on a regular basis?\n\n\u201cI feel I am compelled to be in the office for more hours than\n\nnecessary just because it is expected,\u201d said another respondent. \u201cI\n\nfeel that if people spent only six to seven hours in the office a day,\n\nfive days a week, we would all become more productive and more would\n\nget done. Too much time is spent chitchatting and talking. Work has\n\nbecome too many people\u2019s lives, and they live to work instead of work\n\nto live.\u201d\n\nThough there are some solutions, moving up\n\nthe ladder is not one of them. More senior executives than managers\n\nspend more hours per day as well as more hours per week working. And\n\nthe larger the company, the more hours executives and managers spend\n\nworking.\n\n\n\n\n\nSome individuals are finally taking it upon themselves to reduce the excessive number of hours worked.\n\n\n\n\u201cThe reason that I don\u2019t work more is that I put a limit on the\n\nnumber of hours,\u201d said one manager. \u201cIf I did not, it would easily be\n\nmore. There are other things in life.\u201d\n\nThere are two fundamental problems with working long hours. The\n\nfirst is the extra time at work typically comes from time at home,\n\ncausing work-life imbalance. The second is that there is little time\n\nleft for thinking, which could go a long way toward making businesses\n\nrun better and more efficiently\u2014requiring fewer hours.