Checking Email Anywhere, Anytime Is the New Norm for U.S. Work Force

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  • Based on the reported email habits of survey respondents, the line between work and home life has become blurred. More than three-quarters of respondents (81 percent) said they check their work email on weekends, 55 percent check email after 11 p.m. and 59 percent keep on top of their work email while on vacation.
  • Outside of regular work hours, more than six in 10 (64 percent) check email at least once a day. 12 percent of employees said they check work email in real time beyond the standard workday.
  • One in 10 respondents admitted to checking work email at a child’s school event, 9 percent at a wedding, and 6 percent at a funeral. An additional 6 percent said they logged into their work email while they or their spouse was in labor.
  • On the flip side, nearly one-third (30 percent) of employees also said they send personal emails from their work account.

The conventional, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five-day work week is a thing of the past for the overwhelming majority of workers at small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), according to a new survey on work-related email habits. Due to the widespread availability and use of smartphones and tablets, email is more accessible than ever and, as a result, it has become deeply embedded in the daily workplace and personal lives of most employees. The independent, blind survey of 503 employees in SMB workplaces in the U.S. was conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software. The results highlight employee habits around email usage, including response frequency during the work day as well as after hours.

 

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