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Lunch breaks, evenings, weekends, sick leave, and vacation time shortened
Alexandria, Va. − Roughly 72 percent of employees across the country report that they work through lunch while 70 percent report working beyond scheduled time and on weekends, according to the new
Pressure to Work: The Employees’ Perspective poll released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
The SHRM poll surveys employee perceptions regarding sick leave, flex time work arrangements, and work beyond the official work day including weekends.
More than half (52 percent) of polled employees admit that “self-imposed pressure” is the main reason for working beyond scheduled time while 44 percent cite “meeting project or performance goals.”
Only one in five polled employees (21 percent) cite “pressure from immediate supervisor/manager” as the reason for working extra hours. Even fewer (12 percent) cite “pressure from top management” executives and C-suite leaders as a source of pressure.
Another 12 percent cite advancing their individual career goals as the motivation for working extra hours.
Email is also a factor in after-hour work. During the past 12 months, employees indicated that they frequently or occasionally checked work email after work hours (59 percent), while taking sick leave (52 percent), and while on vacation (49 percent).
Additional survey highlights include:
The poll surveyed 605 full-time or part-time employed U.S. residents. Reporters may read the complete SHRM poll, and others, at:
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