A new survey indicates that, much like flip phones and fax machines, the traditional eight-hour workday may be on its way out.
According to the survey—conducted by Harris Poll for CareerBuilder.com—63% of 1,000 workers in the information technology, financial services, sales, and professional and business services industries believe “working nine to five” is an outdated concept, and a significant number have a hard time leaving the office mentally.
How bad is it? Almost a quarter admit to checking work email while spending time with family and friends.
Today, many workers in these industries find themselves working outside of the traditional eight-hour time frame: 50% of these workers say they check or respond to work emails outside of work, and 38% say they continue to work outside of office hours.
Though staying connected to the office outside of required office hours may seem like a burden, 62% of workers perceive it as a choice rather than an obligation.
Symptoms of 24/7 work
% of employees who report they …
- Check work email after hours 50%
- Think about work immediately upon waking 42%
- Perform work after hours 38%
- Check work email while with family and friends 24%
- Think about work before falling asleep 20%
Source: Harris/CareerBuilder.com survey, July 2015