No Rest for the Weary, 57 Percent of Full-Time Employees Plan to Log-on during Holiday Break
Working weekends, nights or during the holiday? You aren’t alone.
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2014--
A newly commissioned survey by email data protection company, Zix
Corporation (ZixCorp), (Nasdaq: ZIXI), gives an honest look at
the extent full-time employees in the U.S. spend working outside of
their regular ‘9 to 5’ schedule. The USamp conducted study, which
surveyed more than 1,000 individuals, revealed that two out of three
full-time professionals find themselves working outside of their regular
work hours with 57 percent planning to work during their upcoming
Just how many hours will they be working during their holiday break?
Nearly half of the respondents said they would work for two hours or
more per day, with some respondents spending as much as eight hours per
day on work.
Why are U.S. employees working during their time off?
The study confirmed there is an expectation that employees should be
reachable outside of regular work hours, with 76 percent of respondents
saying that it is stated or implied they be accessible, and 68 percent
said that being able to access their work outside of regular hours is
necessary to do their job effectively.
The survey also found that:
80 percent of full-time employees who work outside of regular work
hours respond to emails even when their out of office reply is on
64 percent of full-time employees work on their days off, with 22
percent working 4 hours or more
43 percent of full-time employees spend over an hour working at night
after they leave the office
The primary reason for logging on outside of regular work hours was to
answer or check work email
To put these survey results in perspective, if a full-time employee
works one extra hour outside regular work hours, then the individual
will work an additional 260 hours – or 32 extra work days – over the
course of a year.
What does this mean for employers?
Outside of evaluating employee workload, employers should have the
appropriate security measures in place for employees accessing corporate
data away from the office. Bring-your-own-device policies are
particularly essential, since the study found that employees use their
personal phones, tablets and laptops to access work after hours more
frequently than company-issued mobile devices.
“Not too surprisingly, 75 percent of the individuals surveyed who log on
to work outside regular work hours said that the ability to use mobile
devices to access work information outside of regular work hours is a
positive development,” said Rick Spurr, CEO of ZixCorp. “To meet this
growing need to access work outside the traditional office and to enable
a more productive workforce, employers should allow the use of mobile
devices to access work-related email but only after taking the proper
precautions to protect company data. At Zix, we focus on making sure
that employee access to work-related email using mobile devices is
simple, fast and secure.”
ZixCorp is a leader in email data protection. ZixCorp offers
industry-leading email encryption, a unique email DLP solution and an
innovative email BYOD solution to meet your company’s data protection
and compliance needs. ZixCorp is trusted by the nation’s most
influential institutions in healthcare, finance and government for
easy-to-use secure email solutions. ZixCorp is publicly traded on the
Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol ZIXI, and its headquarters are in
Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.zixcorp.com.
Source: Zix Corporation
Taylor Stansbury Johnson, 214-370-2134