What’s on people’s minds when it comes to their work lives? We looked to Google trends data for insights.

We visualized 12 years of data for the terms “job satisfaction,” vacation days,” and “work hours.” Here are the results:

As you can see, the number of searches for the term “work hours” has drastically increased since 2006. It’s no secret that Americans work more than their counterparts around the world—consider the French, who get at least five weeks off each year, mon Dieu—but why the spike since 2006? If you know the answer, please share in the comments below.

Curious to see which other terms workers around the world concerned about? Explore the data using the visualization below. You’ll find some unique searches—for instance, there’s a surprising amount of interest in presidential vacation days!

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I love this study, but does your study take into consideration the use of the term 'holiday' or 'annual leave' over 'vacation?' For example, everyone I've met in Australia refer to 'vacation' as 'holiday' or 'annual leave.' Generally - if someone is going on a trip, they're going on a 'holiday,' but if they're referring to days off via an employment package, they refer to 'annual leave.'

I've never heard an Australian refer to time off work as 'vacation.' I'm aware Great Britain uses 'holiday' to refer to vacation as well, but I'm not sure what they call days off work.

Please let me know if terminology was taken into account, because I wonder how this would change your data. Still - a fascinating read.


An American Living in Australia

To American Living in Australia,

Great question - we actually did not take terminology into account for this one, since "holiday" (for example) as a search term on Google was too general of a term to attribute to people looking specifically into days off work. But it's interesting you say this because Australia does actually turn out to be the top searcher for "annual leave," and the UK is the top searcher for "holiday."

So terminology would definitely affect the data! If you're curious, explore the google trends data yourself here: https://www.google.com/trends/


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