Study: More than Half of Americans 'Always On'

September 13, 2013

Study: More than Half of Americans 'Always On'

Is checking work-related messages outside of business hours bad for work-life balance? Maybe not, according to a new study released by the American Psychological Association.

We know more and more Americans are checking emails and answering work-related phone calls while on vacation, and a new study released by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Center for Organization Excellence illustrates this phenomena is not relegated to  employees’ paid time off.

Fifty-three percent of employed Americans check work email, text messages, and voicemail at least daily over the weekend, and 52 percent said they check these messages at least once a day during nonwork hours, according to “Communication Technology: Implications for Work and Well-Being.”

What’s more surprising about the study’s findings is that the ability to stay connected to work through mobile devices and communication technology is improving employees’ work-life balance, at least for the 56 percent of respondents who reported this type of technology increases their productivity and for the 53 percent who reported it provided them with greater flexibility.