Working Endless Hours Does Not Make You a Hero (Infographic)

Comparing hours worked with output across countries shows that putting in more time does not necessarily equate to more revenue.

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By Catherine Clifford

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In the U.S., people tend to brag about working long hours. Clocking countless hours at the office is worn as a badge of honor, brandied about at the water cooler to garner respect.

Turns out, working endless hours may be nothing more than a waste of time.

Germany is among the countries with the shortest workweeks, with employees averaging 35 hours a week at the office, but it also tops out as the most productive nation in the world, according to the infographic embedded below, generated by cloud-based software company PGi.

Related: 5 Secrets to Achieving and Maintaining Work-Life Balance

The marginal benefit of each hour worked on a country's gross domestic product declines pretty steadily as the number of hours increase, according to the infographic.

How many hours are you working a week? Could you be spending your time more wisely? How many hours are your employees working per week? Do they need to be working that many hours?

Check out the infographic below for additional data on global productivity and some tips on how to maximize your efficiency.

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Working Endless Hours Does Not Make You a Hero (Infographic)

Related: The Science Behind Why Small Teams Work More Productively

Catherine Clifford

Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC

Catherine Clifford is senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Clifford attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

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