Survey shows 80 percent of employees work after leaving the office

Jul 5, 2012 14:04:05Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Survey shows 80 percent of employees work after leaving the office

Good Technology, a secure and managed enterprise mobility provider, released the results of a recent survey that show more than 80 percent of employees continue to work after they leave the office, for an average of seven hours extra per week.

The survey, which was compiled of answers from 1,000 workers across the country, showed that employees are using their own cell phones and laptops to attend to both business and personal matters. The findings indicated that 40 percent of employees check email while in bed, and 69 percent will not go to sleep until they check it. Furthermore, 38 percent will access their work accounts while at the dinner table.

This trend doesn't end in the morning either - 68 percent of people check their work email before 8 a.m. and the average American looks at their phone for the first time at 7:09 a.m. Plus, 57 percent of respondents said they have looked at work emails while on a family outing.

"While most of our customers believe their employees do work more hours as a result of this accessibility, they also appreciate and welcome the enhanced work-life balance that comes when employees have more freedom and choice to get work done whenever and wherever they need to - whether that’s in the office, on the road, or while sitting in the stands at a child’s baseball game," said Good Technology's senior vice president John Herrema.

However, companies that employ a "bring your own device" policy may need to take extra steps to protect their internet privacy and security. Allowing employees to use their personal devices for work purposes increases the risk of sensitive data falling into the wrong hands.

"When it comes to supporting a 'bring your own device' environment, it’s important to take an approach that ensures data security without compromising the employee's privacy or personal experiences," Herrema added. "By shifting their management focus from 'devices' to 'apps' and 'data,' enterprises can allow employees to get work done on the go whenever they want, and still keep personal information private, separate and safe."

Another issue that may crop up with such policies is a bit more personal. Working after hours from home can make it difficult for employees to maintain a healthy work-personal life balance. Fortunately, there are ways to draw boundaries. Employees can vow to turn off their phone once they get home or opt for a second phone number that blocks work-related calls after a certain time.