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Real Business : 2013 Issue 1
22 REAL BUSINESS ISSUE 1, 2013 Working nine to five? It might make you a living, but probably not a career. Today's professionals are connected to work day and night. STORY PAUL HOWELL YOU'VE GOT TO WORK hard to get ahead. It may be a cliche, but the maxim will remain true for many generations yet. At the same time, however, the most favoured employment destinations for graduates promote a thing called work-life balance. Rule number one of the HR profession is that overworked employees will quit before they've reached their potential, costing time, money and opportunities for the employer in the long run. Making things even more confusing is the tough employment market for candidates in the early stages of their careers. No matter where you make your mark in business, the feeling that the next wave of graduate talent is nipping at your heels is one that hangs around for many years after you accept your rst role. Particularly as the economy wavers, the pressure to get career runs on the board early can be immense. How much work is really expected, and practical, when starting a business career? e regimented, nine-to- ve idea is certainly outdated, but employees need to ensure they don't consistently burn the candle at both ends. A longer week for professionals e common urge is to take cues from those around you, but that can change dramatically depending on how far you look. Contrary to popular belief, Australians across the board are working fewer hours in a week than ever before. Australian Bureau of Statistics research shows the average working week fell to 33 hours by the start of 2011, down from 35 hours in the 1980s. But that doesn't tell the whole story, as it includes part-time and casual sta . e typical working week for full-time workers is 40 hours a week, compared with 39 in the 1980s. Chris Riley, general manager, sales and marketing OFF THE CLOCK: WORKING HOURS
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