IT Management: The Never-End Workweek: How Email, Smartphones Kill Our Free Time
Train late? Have to run to the dentist's office in the middle of the workday? Or just taking a break from your job to make a personal phone call? If the hours workers are on the job add up to a full day and often more—as employees are increasingly logging in to their business email long before or after traditional business hours—your employer might be more flexible than you think about your schedule. A new study, conducted by market researchers at Vanson Bourne on behalf of data protection specialist Mozy, suggests that global employers don't expect their staffs to work a traditional 9-to-5 shift. The study, based on a poll of 1,000 U.S., British, German, French and Irish employees and employers, found that 73 percent of bosses don't stick to a firm 9-to-5 schedule because they believe their staffs have started working before they actually arrive at the office. Mozy Vice President of Marketing Dave Robinson attributes this to a combination of changing work habits, employer attitude and the availability of mobile devices such as laptops and smartphones, as well as access to data on the go. Here, eWEEK offers some highlights of Mozy's new study, titled "The New 9 to 5."
The Lure of Email
Not surprisingly, email is the most common tool employees can access outside the office, and it seems to be addicting. Workers can't seem to pass up the urge to check their business email early in the morning. The study showed that one in five log into their email by 7 a.m. What's more, 60 percent of workers check their email before 8:30 in the morning, and 60 percent check it after 6:30 in the evening.