Yesterday, I cast doubt on the prediction that the 2015 norm for work hours would be 9:00 to 5:00, "and work will contract to fit the time available." Today, courtesy of Mark Perry, comes this chart indicating that the average hours worked per week does seem to be declining. Not seeking to be argumentative, but perhaps the shrinking number of work hours is due to the enormous number of folks who have vacated the wide world of work, what with us baby boomers retiring and all. In my little corner of the world, 9:00 to 5:00 does not seem to be gaining traction. Your results may vary.