/// Mobile Technology Frees Workers to Work Any 20 Hours a Day They Choose

July 2, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Mobile technology is allowing workers to work wherever and whenever they choose. That’s both the good news and the bad. As most people already know, the shift means less time in the office, but also more time working. A new survey from Good Technology finds that the typical American is working more than a month and a half of overtime per year just in the amount of time spent answering work phone calls and responding to email. The amount of total work done outside of the confines of the office adds up to 30 hours per month for the average worker. And while more than half of workers ascribe a lot of that work to just trying to keep organize, nearly half feel like they have no choice but to stay connected. And half of us are taking their cell phones with them to bed. So how is all this extra work going over at home? Well, a quarter of those polled said it’s led to at least some disagreements with their partner, though more than half reported no arguments, presumably because their spouse or significant other was too busy doing their own work to notice. Anecdotally, it’s hard to disagree with the findings of this study. I’m writing this article from bed at 10:30 pm on a Sunday. Here are a few other findings: • 68 percent of people check their work emails before 8 am. • The average American first checks their phone around 7:09 am. • 50 percent check their work email while still in bed.

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Mobile Technology Frees Workers to Work Any 20 Hours a Day They Choose

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