Post by Souriquois on Jan 24, 2020 10:27:59 GMT -4
Most people in the West take for granted work is 9-5 but that is not universal.
Some cultures start their work days earlier, some later, some work 4 hours in the morning, take a break in the afternoon, and work 4 hours in the evening.
For example, I noticed in Namibia, that the standard work day starts a lot earlier, like 5 am-ish, this is when the stores open, people go to their jobs, kids go to school. and you see people out and about running their errands like getting groceries at that (by Western standards) ungodly hour. I assume it’s because of the climate, probably not safe, left alone comfortable, to be doing work once the sun is at its peak in the sky (and then I assume people who work in air conditioned offices just followed the dominant culture), while it is quite cool, even somewhat chilly, in the early morning. But yeah, the streets are bare in the afternoon, everything but gas stations and convenience stores is closed, kids are home from school, adults (aside from like police and first responders) are home from work, nobody is out and about.
Then there are some cultures that do siestas. Like some in Europe. I think Mexico too, if they still do... I heard that this actually results in fewer workplace accidents and injuries down in Mexico when compared to the US.
And I heard in some parts of the Middle East they start their work day a little bit later.