According to a recent Gallup survey, full-time employed Americans work an average of 47 hours a week. That's nearly a full day longer than what was once the standard schedule, the classic five-day, 40-hour workweek.
However, a Troy, Michigan-based mortgage company has come up with a novel idea: a strict 8-hours-a-day, Monday-through-Friday work schedule for the company's 1,350 "team members" — the term the top executive uses to describe employees.
"Your work every day is part of your life; it's not your life," Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Shore Financial Services, said to CNBC's "On the Money" in an interview.
"We want them to work hard for 40 hours," Ishbia said. "And then, go be with your families, go spend time outside of work, refresh, recharge and get ready for the next week."
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United Shore has some flexibility when employees start their workday, but not in when they finish. The standard is eight hours of work with an hour off for lunch.
Ishbia said that since they work with mortgage clients throughout the country, "We have different times based on our clients, 9-to-6, or 10-to-7 or 8-to-5, but we're pretty flexible with whatever works best for their family."
Still, surveys show many workers don't leave their jobs behind after they leave the office. One in four workers say they check on email during activities with family and friends, according to CareerBuilder study.