Jul 12, 2012 --- With an e-mail here and a phone call there, employees have
upped their work hours outside the office to as many as 30 hours a
As work has become more portable, employees in the U.S. may
feel work is following them around, and a survey from Good Technology in
Sunnyvale, California, a provider of security software for mobile devices, bears
More than 80% of people continue working when they have left the
seven extra hours each week—almost another full day of work, the survey found. That’s nearly 365
extra hours every year.
While 60% of
workers say they use cellphones and e-mail from portable devices to stay
organized while away from the office, almost half say they feel they have no
choice but to stay connected because their customers demand quick replies.
The study also
- 68% percent of people check work
e-mail before 8 a.m.
- The average American first checks
his or her phone around 7:09 a.m.
- 50% read work e-mail in bed.
- The work day is growing longer; 40%
check work e-mail after 10 p.m.
- 69% will not go to sleep without
checking work e-mail.
- 57% check work e-mails on family
- 38% routinely read work e-mail at
the dinner table.
percent of respondents say they work at home because they find it hard to
switch off. Half of Americans read and answer work e-mails even after going to
of work-related e-mail and cellphones has become so common that only a quarter
of the 1,000 workers polled said it caused an occasional disagreement with
their partner. As attitudes to mobile work are beginning to change, well over
half surveyed reported no arguments from a spouse or significant other over e-mail
or work calls at home.