SAN LEANDRO, Calif. – July 10, 2014 – TriNet (NYSE: TNET), a leading cloud-based provider of HR services, today announced the findings of its June 2014 issue of TriNet SMBeat, a monthly analysis of small to medium-sized business (SMB) employment and human capital economic indicators. Among other findings, the report highlights that employees today are working an average of 5.14 hours more per month than in 2007. June’s SMBeat features an analysis of how full-time employees across various industries reacted to economic changes by how they allocated their time between work and leisure. Additionally, the report utilizes data from the TriNet Population to show how the use of paid time off changed before, during and after the recession.
Compared to the 12-month period leading up to the start of the Great Recession, the reports shows that employees in all industries except professional services saw an increase in monthly working hours during the recession. The percentage increase ranged from 2.6% to 5.6% over the prior year. According to the report, working hours have not returned to pre-recession levels and were 3% higher in 2013 than in 2007.
These findings indicate that the reduction in workforce during the Great Recession put pressure on the existing employees to increase the hours spent at work to fill in the gaps left by those who were laid off. This could come at the expense of time spent on leisure activities, and an imbalance of work versus leisure hours can take its toll on both employees and employers. According to a study published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development regarding the well-being of persons throughout the world, this includes numerous health problems that result from not spending the recommended time on exercise and taking care of oneself. For example, a third party study from 2012 showed that American businesses spend $344 billion per year on stress related health care costs. Other studies suggest that long breaks replenish job performance while vacation deprivation increases mistakes and resentment of co-workers.
The negative impact on productivity from overworked employees could reduce a company’s ability to accomplish goals that translate to the bottom line. As a result, employers who encourage workers to take time off could get ahead of the competition by ensuring employees are at their maximum productivity and contribution to the firm.
Below are the key findings of the June 2014 TriNet SMBeat Report. The leisure time and working hours data found in this report are the results of an analysis performed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) American Time Use Survey data (ATUS). All data related to Paid Time Off (PTO) and net job growth is sourced from the TriNet Population.
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 Throughout this document and the SMBeat the TriNet Population refers to the full time salaried employees from our more than 240,000 worksite employees.
 The Great Recession refers to the economic downturn beginning in December 2007 and ending in June 2009.
 OECD Better Life Index: Work-Life Balance
 Marketplace.org Americans not taking vacation and it hurts. November 27, 2012
The Atlantic: The Case for Vacation: Why Science Says Breaks Are Good for Productivity
 American Time Use Survey
 As of March 31, 2014
 All historical estimates in previous SMBeat publications are routinely revised to incorporate additional data and recalculated seasonal adjustment factors.
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