Microsoft Ignite kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 22, and one of the highlights of the digital event was the keynote by Jared Spataro, corporate vice president of modern work. He shared the latest Work Trend Index report, as well as innovation outcomes in Microsoft 365 and Teams.

Some of the key findings in the report released by Spataro are;

• The pandemic increased burnout at work – in some countries more than others.
• Causes of workplace stress differ for Firstline and remote workers.
• Six months in there are more communications and fewer boundaries.
• No commute may be hurting, not helping, remote worker productivity.
• Studies show meditation can fight burnout and stress during the workday.

Earlier in February, WalletHub compared the 116 largest cities to determine which cities outwork the rest of America. Their data set ranged from employment rate to average weekly work hours to share of workers with multiple jobs.

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub’s latest study is on how Americans are working to adapt to the pandemic. To determine the hardest-working states, WalletHub used data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Travel Association, Gallup, and Corporation for National & Community Service.

Here’s what the personal finance website came up with after looking across key indicators, ranging from average workweek hours to share of workers with multiple jobs to annual volunteer hours.

Hardest-Working States in the U.S.

1. North Dakota
2. Alaska
3. Wyoming
4. Texas
5. Nebraska
6. Oklahoma
7. Colorado
8. Virginia
9. Maryland
10. Hawaii

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