According to the American Time Use Survey, workers spend at least nine hours at work each weekday, but not all that time is spent working.
This comes from a story in Govt Executive by Bourree Lam.
Personal work can consume as much as three hours or more. Didn't know it was THAT much.
Theoretically, if the economy is bad, employees would spend more time working in order to kepp their jobs.
Still, research done in the 1960s showed that labor productivity FELL during recessions.
But companies held onto their staff anyway--because of the cost of hiring and training someone new.
For most people, the more time spent at work means the more time doing personal work.
I guess personal work--surfing the internet, gabbing with colleagues--will always be with us...fear of firing being minimal.