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The Real Cost of Overtime Is Higher Than You Think
CNBC.com | February 07, 2012 | 01:06 PM EST

More Americans are at work, according to the latest jobs report , but they're spending more to be there.

Be it grocery shopping, housekeeping, or the hunt for shoes, full-time workers are willing to spend more on outsourcing errands, so they can work longer.

According to the International Concierge and Lifestyle Management Association (ICLMA), spending on personal assistant or errand services is no longer reserved for the uber-wealthy — it's gone mainstream. "Everybody is trying to squeeze 36 hours into a 24-hour day. Bottom line, technology is not helping, because you can take your office with you. So, we work all the time, and give our to-do lists to someone else," said Katharine C. Giovanni, president of Triangle Concierge.

Technology isn't the only factor encouraging workaholics. Post-recession cutbacks have put pressure on those working to stay that extra hour, or more.

“Layoffs happened at my previous employer's office. Now, I get in early and send out emails so they know I’m there," said Ashley Dinsdale, a buyer for Macy's , who works 50 to 55 hours per week.

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that the average American work week got a bit longer in 2011, and private-sector employees average 3.4 hours in overtime per week.

Luckily, the overtime culture has plenty of products designed to help.

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