UK workers doing more overtime for free


Do you spend a good few hours each week responding to emails and calls outside of work?

If so, you’re not alone. A study has revealed that 93% of people now continue working when they have left the office, resulting in a total of three hours and 31 minutes unpaid overtime being clocked up each week.

That works out at 15 hours a month or 183 hours a year, meaning UK employees now work an average of 23 days a year for free.

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OnePoll spoke to 1,000 working UK adults and over half said they worked extra hours to stay organised, while 20% said they wanted to impress the boss.

In a nod to the UK’s changing work environment, 37% of respondents admitted replying to work emails in bed to keep on top of things and almost 40% said their job would now be impossible without mobile access to work email.

Andy Jacques, EMEA general manager at Good Technology, which commissioned the study, said: “There was a time when it was difficult to continue working outside of the office without carrying a laptop. But with today’s ‘always on’ society, people are pretty much working from the moment they wake up until the moment they fall asleep.”

Other highlights of the study included the following:

– 66% of people check their work emails before 7am.

– The average UK worker checks their phone at 6:51am.

– More than a third of people confess that they respond to work mails from bed.

– 61% use their commute to read and reply to work emails.

– The work day is getting longer – 15% still respond to work email after 10pm.

– 65% don’t go to sleep until they’ve had a final check of work emails.

– 33% can’t get through Saturday morning without checking their work email.

– 29% routinely check work emails whilst at the dinner table.

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