Business hours 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 . 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 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, effecting a pause in business hours, and resuming business in the evenings.
Due to the difficulty of being able to find the exact hours of your desired destination a database by the name of Hourz was created in Australia. Such open information hubs are an excellent way to assist users in the organization of their day-to-day lives.