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technology, financial services, sales, and professional and business services, 63% believe “working nine to five” is an outdated concept, and a significant number have a hard time leaving the office mentally.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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The survey revealed male workers in these fields are more likely than female workers to work outside of office hours (44% versus 32%); check or respond to work emails outside of work (59% versus 42%); and check on work activities while they are out with friends and family (30% versus 18%). Female workers, however, are more likely than male workers to go to bed thinking about work (23% versus 16%).
When it comes to working outside of traditional office hours, 31% of 18- to 24-year-old workers in these fields will work outside of office hours, compared to 50% of 45- to 54-year-old workers and 38% of workers age 55 and older. Meanwhile, 52% of workers ages 18 to 24 check or respond to work emails outside of work, versus 46% of workers age 55 and older.
Seventy percent of workers age 55 and older in these fields say they stay connected to the office by choice, compared to 56% of workers ages 18 to 24 who say the same.Younger workers in these fields are more likely than older workers to think about work before going to bed (31% of workers ages 18 to 24 versus 11% of workers age 55 and older), or wake up thinking about work (59% versus 31%).
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