Infographic: Work Email Trends After Hours

Posted by Guest on December 27, 2017

How Often Do You Check Your Email?

There was a time, not that long ago, when anyone who stayed in the office past 5 o’clock was either working hard to get ahead or keep from falling behind. The idea of “working overtime” was considered unusual. Today, however, email and the Internet mean the definition of “working overtime” is a lot fuzzier. Because it’s possible for many professionals to get work done anywhere and anytime they have an Internet connection, it’s no longer unusual for people to be following up on work at all hours of the day. Many of us not only can receive an email from our bosses at 9 p.m. on a Sunday, but have come to expect it, too. There are no regular business hours on the Internet, which is a big part of why more than 269 billion emails are sent every day — workday or not.

Email has weakened the line between “work” and “home,” and there are pros and cons. Email has allowed us to work with more flexibility and get tasks done faster, but it also means many of us are living with the stress of our jobs 24/7. While there are numerous tools and techniques available to professionals to help them manage their email inboxes and decrease the amount of time they have to spend tending to them, email continues to sap a great deal of our attention and energy throughout the course of the workday.

As the following infographic illustrates, usage of work email after regular business hours tends to follow certain demographic trends. For example, younger professionals tend to believe that receiving more email makes them more important, but they’re less likely to report sending work emails of their own after 9 p.m. On the other hand, even though Generation X professionals are less likely to believe receiving extra emails makes them more important, they’re far likelier to respond to work email after business hours, even after midnight. These and other statistics detailed in the infographic paint a picture of a world in which “working overtime” isn’t just something someone does to get ahead — it’s becoming the expectation.


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