Remote Access Amounts to 23 DaysΓÇÖ Overtime
New research commissioned by Good Technology has found that the average UK worker puts in as much as 23 days of overtime every year.
An incredible 90% of surveyed respondents were found to continue working an average of over 40 extra minutes every night. 50% of those who do are trying to stay on top of the workload, while 20% are vying to impress the boss.
This growing culture round-the-clock work seems to be fuelled by remote mobile devices ΓÇô as the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and laptops provides most with 24-hour access to friends, family, breaking news and, crucially, the office.
But while for many this fosters healthy flexible working practices and reduces the restrictions of a 9am-5pm schedule, for others it blurs the line between their personal and professional lives.
The study was able to track the times that most employees log into their emails outside of the office and respond to work-related queries:
ΓÇó 66% before 7am
ΓÇó 65% before bed
ΓÇó 61% while commuting
ΓÇó 33% on Saturday mornings
ΓÇó 30% during dinner
ΓÇó 15% after 10pm
38% of those surveyed believe it would no longer be possible to do their jobs at all without remote access. To maintain constant availability to work, 42% are using their personal mobile devices.
ΓÇ£With todayΓÇÖs ΓÇÿalways onΓÇÖ society, Brits are pretty much working, or at least thinking about work, from the moment they wake up until the moment they fall asleep at the end of the day,ΓÇ¥ says Andy Jacques, Good TechnologyΓÇÖs General Manager.
ΓÇ£At the school gate, on the train or in the queue at the coffee shop, this new wave of connected technology is enabling people to be more productive than ever before, and stay on top of things with greater ease and less time.ΓÇ¥
Is the ability to remain ΓÇÿalways onΓÇÖ a good or a bad thing for BritainΓÇÖs workforce? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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