Worth a look:
Key Findings: *Work Schedules***
- Congressional staff, both in Washington and in district and state
offices, work more than 40 hours per week on average. Washington staff
report that they work 53 hours per week when their chamber is in session,
compared to 43 hours per week when out of session. For the district/state
staff, their number of hours worked per week seems stable (45-47 hours)
irrespective of whether their chamber is in session or not.
- Congressional staff were asked to assess their work hours to a
comparable private sector job. More than half (56%) of congressional staff
believe that they work longer hours than their counterparts holding similar
job responsibilities in the private sector.
- Despite the long hours, congressional staff display a very high level
of commitment to their jobs. Almost 75% of the respondents rated
“meaningfulness of their job” as being very important to them, as opposed
to 35% of U.S. employees who held similar beliefs.
*Importance and Satisfaction with Work-Life Aspects of Their Job***
- “Overall office culture” is the aspect rated as most important to
congressional staff, with 79% of respondents rating it as “very important.”
In comparison, only 46% of U.S. employees cited “overall corporate culture”
as being very important to their job satisfaction.
- While more than half (55%) of congressional staffers feel that
“flexibility to balance life and work issues” is very important, only one
in every four (26%) is very satisfied with this flexibility – a gap of 29
*Staff Opinions about Working in Congress***
- Many congressional staff feel that they do not have enough time to
perform assigned tasks. When asked, “I usually have enough time to get
everything done,” 33% disagreed. This sentiment is felt most strongly among
staff in policy/legislative/research roles, with almost half (48%)
reporting that they disagree with this statement.
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