Most Americans admit to answering emails after work hours

Seven in 10 Americans admit they’re likely to answer after-hour work emails or messages, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 office employees looked at the benefits and detriments of always being “logged on” for work and found that 70% actually appreciate receiving work notifications at any hour of the day.

Results also showed that more than half of respondents have their work emails connected to a personal device (58%).

While 70% of respondents who work from home said it makes them feel like they have to be available at all hours of the day, three in four said it’s given them the opportunity to work at a pace more suited to their needs (76%).

Commissioned by Zimbra and conducted by OnePoll, the survey found that 40% of respondents feel more productive when working on their own time as opposed to meeting deadlines (22%).

More than half of Americans said their work tasks are time-sensitive (56%), but 72% said technology, like laptops and phones, has given them the freedom to choose when and where they work.

And 69% of respondents said that they’re able to answer emails faster than ever with the help of tech.

They also noted that other parts of the job, like communicating in real-time (34%) or being available to their colleagues and clients (33%) is also more feasible through technology that allows them to work in and out of office.

Just 11% of respondents who work from home log off from work by the usual 5 p.m, while a whopping 90% admit they’re signed on until later.

However, people are also more likely to take at least three breaks a day at home compared to in-office, averaging about 15 minutes at a time.

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