Happy Labor Day, USA

This is what we wished each other yesterday, this is what we hear yearly on the first Monday in September. Noticeably, while celebrating LABOR day, we have a HOLIDAY. That has been so since the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew and it was proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.

The event originated after the Industrial Revolution which took place in the US in the late 1800’s. The average American worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week in a factory just to make ends meet. Kids as young as 5 years old toiled away in the factories or sweatshops as well.

On September 5th, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off and marched in New York City in protest of these conditions. That was the first “Labor Day” Parade. In 1884 Congress made it a legal holiday.

As we’re celebrating labor, we compared the hardest-working countries and nationalities that work the longest hours each year and those that get most time off. You may call such countries lazy, but there is sufficient evidence that holidays affect economic life positively. Moreover, countries with the world’s best work-life balance, with few employees regularly working very long hours, boast not only highly developed economies but also the happiest workforces in the world.

So, the US has 10 national holidays when schools, banks, and governments are closed.

How does the rest of the world stack up? Argentina ranks as the laziest with 19 days off. Russia has 14. Mexico, Italy, and Spain get 12 days off. The USA, France, and Australia tie with 10. Canada and Poland have 9. And Costa Rica wins as the hardest-working country in the world with only 5 days off.

Before you consider expanding your international workforce, you should take into consideration how many holidays your target countries have. After all, your team members in those states will not be working on those days, and may even expect time off.

If you would like help expanding your international workforce into any of those countries, we here at Acumen have an easy button for international expansion – our Global Employer of Record Solution. We can employ your foreign employees in over 180 countries and act as their legal employer on your behalf. We resolve all local labor issues for you.

With Acumen International you get:

  • 100% Compliant onboarding and monthly Payroll
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With Acumen International, you can be “on holiday” when expanding globally. Put us to the test and let us work for you to provide you with this holiday.


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