Traditional eight-hour workday a thing of the past according to survey

August 8, 2016


office workerCHICAGO — For most workers in today’s economy, the 9-to-5 work day is a relic of the past. In a new Harris poll of 3,244 full-time private sector workers, conducted for the web site CareerBuilder, 59 percent of workers think that the 9-to-5 work day is gone for good.

Among those surveyed, 45 percent say they complete work outside of office hours and 49 percent say they check or answer emails when they leave work.

Older workers tend to be more resigned to working extra time. Sixty-five percent of workers in age groups 45 to 54 and 61 percent of workers 55 and older agreed that the typical eight-hour work day was a thing of the past.

Men are more likely to work and respond to emails once they leave the office. Forty-nine percent of men say that they work outside of office hours, versus 42 percent of women. More men (54 percent) say they answer emails outside of office hours while 43 percent of women say the same thing.

IT (68 percent) and sales professionals (65 percent) are most likely to check and respond to emails after work hours.

“While smartphones and other technology allow us to remain connected to the office outside of normal business hours, it may not always be a good thing as workers are having trouble disconnecting from their jobs,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder in a press release. 

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