A new survey has revealed that more than 51 percent of employees often check their work emails every day even on holidays.
However, figures from the Nielsen survey of more than 8000 people, commissioned by Fairfax-owned holiday accommodation website Stayz, showed that working hours were not getting dramatically longer, with full-time workers doing 40 hours a week in the last decade, up from 39 hours in the 1980s.
AdvertisementDr Jim Minifie, director of the productivity growth program at the Grattan Institute in Melbourne, said that technology had enabled a big increase in after-hours work, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
But aside from industries requiring 24-hour vigilance like those involving financial markets and customer service, Minifie said virtual workers risked becoming less effective.
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