Well at Work
Study: 80 Percent of Employees are Taking Work Home
While research has shown that working overtime can increase your stress and risk of depression, workers aren’t slowing down. Employees continue to work late and take work home, according to a new survey by Good Technology [HuffingtonPost.com].
In a survey of 1,000 employees, researchers found that 80 percent of people spend an average of seven extra hours a week (nearly one extra workday a week, 30 extra hours a month, and 365 extra hours a year) doing work-related activities after hours. The survey also found that:
- 68% of people read emails before 8 a.m.
- 50% of people check emails while in bed
- 40% of people are still doing work after 10 p.m.
- 57% read work emails during family time
- 38% read work emails at the dinner table
And we’re not only clocking in extra hours at home, nearly 60 percent of workers are also skipping their lunch hour and eating at their desks, according to a poll conducted by Birmingham’s Aston University [DailyMail.com]. This adds up to 128 hours of extra work or 16 extra days of work per year.
The take-away: While shutting off completely may not be feasible, take some time for yourself. Do an email check once in the evening (if absolutely necessary) and field only emergency calls. At the office, take a few water breaks, eat your sandwich in the café, or just find 10 or 15 minutes for yourself. You’ll come back refreshed and ready to take on the day.
For more tips to find balance and stay productive, read “How to Reduce to Job Stress.”