Workers Log More Anytime, Anywhere Hours
Recently released survey-based research conducted by Harris Interactive for Microsoft presents more validation that the once-solid wall between work time and personal time no longer exists. The majority of employees surveyed say they constantly have to attend to business matters when they're away from the office, and they do so from any location, at any hour of the day or night. This includes working during family events, dining occasions, vacations and, yes, even bathroom breaks. According to the survey, more than half of U.S. office workers would be willing to work more hours—and one in five would even take a pay cut—to have more flexibility to get work done. "The Harris survey brings to light compelling points about what people expect and what they would be willing to give up to accomplish more in a day," said John Case, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office. Apparently, to get things done, some employees are willing to give up a significant portion of their personal time. An estimated 1,000 U.S. workers took part in the research.