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Do you constantly have a job to do? It’s not just you. About seven out of ten Americans say they are likely to respond to emails or messages from the workplace after hours. According to a study of 2,000 office workers on the advantages and disadvantages of being “logged on” at work, 70% of respondents value getting work alerts at any time of the day. 

Individuals link their personal and work emails 

Additionally, the findings revealed that more than 50% of respondents linked their personal smartphone to work email (58%). Three out of four participants who telework feel they have the option to work at a speed best suited to their requirements, even if 70% of those who do so claim it helps them be happy, like they must be present at all times (76%).

According to the survey, 40% of respondents say they are more productive while working on their own schedule as compared to hitting deadlines (22%).

Over half of Americans (56%) claim that their work is time-conscious, but 72% believe that technology, such as phones and laptops, allows them to operate whenever and wherever they want. Further, 69% claim that thanks to current technology, they can respond to emails more quickly than previously.

They said that other aspects of their jobs, such as real-time communication (34%) and being accessible to their coworkers and clients (33%), are also made easier by tech that enables them to work both inside and outside of the office. Only 11% of participants working from home sign off by 5 p.m., yet a staggering 90% admit to staying connected until later.

Why remote working people work past hours 

People discussed their motivations for working past hours, including the satisfaction of finishing their task on time (48%) or their desire to advance in their organization (47%) or their dislike of starting things they don’t finish (45).

This could be the reason why most people respond to work emails 12 minutes quicker than personal emails. The majority of respondents also concurred that technology had improved their ability to balance work and life (82).