work·​week | \ ˈwərk-ˌwēk How to pronounce workweek (audio) \

Definition of workweek

: the hours or days of work in a calendar week 40-hour workweek a 5-day workweek a shortened workweek

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The coming workweek is expected to be mostly sunny, dry, and warm, with temperatures in the mid-60s to upper 70s in the Boston area, the weather service said. Josh Coe,, "Get those sunglasses out: Sun and warmth expected in Boston this week," 20 May 2018 Women prefer predictable hours to pick up children from day care, and shorter workweeks. Greg Ip, WSJ, "How Aging Japan Defied Demographics and Revived Its Economy," 11 Jan. 2019 Many of the firm’s 800 employees, who range in age from 21 to 83, have the option to work shorter workweeks or flexible hours. Kerry Hannon, New York Times, "Reaping the Benefits of an Aging Work Force," 2 Mar. 2018 While Keynes was right that technology has helped increase productivity in entirely new industries, the average workweek in the U.S. hasn’t declined since the 1970s. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Why no one really knows how many jobs automation will replace," 20 Oct. 2018 Physical and emotional toughness is prized and workplace conventions like 40-hour workweeks, breaks and professional courtesy can be foreign concepts. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "A Reckoning With the Dark Side of the Restaurant Industry," 12 Nov. 2018 Instead of resting up for the workweek after going full bore on the ice, Schiffman, a lifelong hockey fanatic, took his playing stick, placed it on his front door step, turned on his porch light, and said a prayer. Steve Annear,, "#PutYourSticksOut: People are placing hockey sticks outside to remember young Canadians killed in crash," 10 Apr. 2018 Central Floridians should expect to usher in the workweek with more thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service office in Melbourne. Stephen Ruiz,, "Orlando weather: Thunderstorms should make themselves heard," 25 June 2018 The hourly rate is multiplied by one and one-half or, for hours over 12 in a day or over eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek, by two to determine the overtime rate. Dan Eaton,, "Salaried workers entitled to overtime pay unless exempt," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of workweek

1892, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of workweek

US : the total amount of hours or days that you spend working at a job in one week

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