are the hours during the day in which business is commonly conducted. Typical business hours vary widely by country. By observing common informal standards for business hours, workers may communicate with each other more easily and find a convenient
divide between work life and home life.
In the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, the hours between 9 am and 5 pm (the traditional "9 to 5") are typically considered to be standard business hours, although in the United States this varies by region due to local tradition and the need to conduct business by telephone
with people in other time zones. For instance, business in Chicago is often conducted between 8 am and 4:30 pm, while in New York City, business hours tend to be later—for instance, from 10 am to 6 pm. On Saturdays businesses are usually open from 8 or 9 am to noon or 1 pm.
In Mexico, the standard business hours are from 7 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm.
In Finland, government agencies and other institutions follow the hours 8:00–16:15. Banks are usually open to 16:30. Common business is done from Monday to Friday, but major shops are usually open on Saturdays 9:00–18:00 and on Sundays 12:00–21:00, with exceptions.
Other countries have different business hour
patterns. Many workers in warmer climates observe
siesta during the afternoon
, between the hours of 2pm and 5pm, effecting a pause in business hours, and resuming business in the evenings
. La siesta is a Spanish language term, which literally translates as a short nap of 15–30 minutes
Business hours usually occur on weekdays. However, the days of the week
on which business is conducted also varies from region to region in the world.