The average American works an extra month and a half of overtime a year by bringing work home and answering calls and emails after office hours and sometimes over the dinner table.
A survey of US working adults sponsored by Good Technology reveals that more than 80 percent of people are working an extra day a week checking emails and answering phone calls. They continue working for an average of seven extra hours each week approximately 30 hours a month or 365 extra hours every year.
Out of the 1000 workers in the survey:
• Over 30 percent admit to continuing to work at home as they find it hard to ‘switch off.’
• 60 percent said they do it simply to stay organized
• Close to 50 percent say they feel they have no choice
Other findings from the study:
• 68 percent of people check their work emails before 8 a.m.
• The average American first checks their phone around 7:09 a.m.
• 50 percent check their work email while still in bed
• The work day is growing – 40 percent still do work email after 10 p.m.
• 69 percent will not go to sleep without checking their work email
• 57 percent check work emails on family outings
• 38 percent routinely check work emails while at the dinner table
In the news release John Herrema, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy for mobile security software company Good Technology, is quoted as saying:
In today’s ‘always on’ mobile environment, secure access to corporate email and apps is a ‘must have’ vs. a ‘nice to have’ for nearly all companies. While most of our customers believe their employees do work more hours as a result of this accessibility, they also appreciate and welcome the enhanced work-life balance that comes when employees have more freedom and choice to get work done whenever and wherever they need to —whether that’s in the office, on the road, or while sitting in the stands at a child’s baseball game.
A man using his iPhone
The findings of this new research go hand in hand with recent statistics from Pew research that show that almost 90% of U.S. adults own a cell phone of some kind and about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly using cell phones, laptops, e-book readers, and tablet computers. In addition, more than half of adult cell owners now use their phones to go online and 17 percent of adult cell owners do most of their online browsing using their mobile phone.