Weekend working ‘becoming the norm’

One in three office workers now regularly work from home at the weekend in to catch up with their work and do on average four hours extra work, according to new research.

One in three office workers now regularly work from home at the weekend in to catch up with their work and do on average four hours extra work, according to new research.
 
One in ten people regularly check their work emails over the weekend. Many also have to answer calls or do project work over the weekend.

The study by printer ink supplier Stinkyink.com showed only 17 per cent get paid overtime for their weekend work.
 
A spokesman for Stinkyink.com said:  ‘’Working extra hours at the weekend is becoming more the norm and sometimes it’s the only way that people can keep on top of their work loads.
 
‘’The workplace is very competitive and with the bleak economic climate it seems people will put in all the necessary hours to get their work done to hold on to their jobs.
 
‘’Modern technology makes it easy for us to constantly check emails and take phone calls when we’re spending time with the family.
 
‘’But there is a fine line between catching up on a few lose ends and work completely taking over your precious free time.’’

A quarter of those surveyed said they often miss out on family time as a result of weekend working, with half saying they had had to miss a family day out and13 per cent missing a children’s party.

Over half of those who worked at the weekend said that if they didn’t work over the weekend they would be completely snowed under during the week.
 
A third said they would be in the office until 7pm if they didn’t catch up on weekends.
 
One in ten said that they would be in trouble with their boss if they didn’t do additional work on Saturdays and Sundays.
 
A third of weekend workers work from home, with 23 per cent going into the office.
 
Nearly half (43 per cent) of employees said that it was impossible to get through their work by just doing nine to five during the week. Half of the 3,000 workers polled said they find it impossible to switch off when they get home from the office.
 
Some 38 per cent of employees said that having a company phone and laptop was more of a hindrance than a help as it means you are always ‘on call’.





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