Work Is Taking Over Our Lives

According to a CareerBuilder survey of more than 1,000 full-time workers in information technology, financial services, sales, and professional and business services, 63% believe “working nine to five” is an outdated concept, and a significant number have a hard time leaving the office mentally.

Half of these workers say they check or respond to work emails outside of work, and nearly two in five (38%) say they continue to work outside of office hours. Nearly one-quarter (24%) check work emails during activities with family and friends.

Twenty percent of these workers say work is the last thing they think about before they go to bed, and more than twice as many (42%) say it’s the first thing they think about when they wake up. Nearly one in five (17%) say they have a tough time enjoying leisure activities because they are thinking about work.

Though staying connected to the office outside of required office hours may seem like a burden, most survey respondents (62%) perceive it as a choice rather than an obligation.

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