Guess what most people will be doing on the holiday tomorrow? If you say shooting off fireworks, then you are wrong. They will most likely be checking their email for work. According to a new infographic from PayScale, 80% of people put in an average of 365 hours of unpaid overtime each yea and they are logging in these hours at home, not the office.
These figures come from a survey of 1,000 U.S. employees by OnePoll for Good Technology. While many of these adults probably have flexible working arrangements or are freelancers, if it’s an accurate sampling of the populace, most probably report to traditional offices for 9-to-5 workdays. This is why it was surprising to hear that 68% of people check their email before 8am and 40% will check it after 10 pm. Sixty nine percent will not even go to sleep without checking their work email. I would say that is ridiculous, but I do it every night so that hurts my credibility.
This data goes hand in hand with the fact that the average American worker earned 14 vacation days this year but will only take 12 of them, according to a survey by Expedia. Though two days doesn’t sound like a lot when you add it all up but altogether, Americans are giving up 226 million unused vacation days this year. Considering that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average full-time worker earns $39,416 a year — which comes out to $34.3 billion worth of time.
Our technology that keeps us so connected is amazing and has transformed the way we conduct business and do work but it is our greatest downfall at the same time.