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Is the eight-hour workday a relic of the past?

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hourglass and clockA 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financial services, sales, and professional and business services industries believe “working nine to five” is an outdated concept, and a significant number have a hard time leaving the office mentally.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

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