Are you a workaholic? We can approach this question through positive and negative means.
Without doubt technology has changed our lives and even the way we work. It is possible for us to be in touch with our colleagues 24 hours a day from any part of the world and with just a small amount of effort – just a reach to the table to find our mobile phone or laptop and we can access to unending amount of information.
From a point of view it is a great opportunity as the extended possibilities to encounter and to connect make the work be faster and more efficient, although from another point of view it results a longer day at work.
But how much is too much? How many hours in a day are too many hours to spend at work? HOGAN surveyed 600 employees holding various positions in diverse companies in over 50 nations (including Hungary).
The survey results provide the following conclusions:
The 40-hour workweek is dead:
92.5% of the respondents work more than 40 hours a week, 92% of them regularly arrive at work before 9 a.m. and leave after 5 p.m. while close to half work 50 hours a week. 15% of respondents reported that they work in excess of 60 hours per week. The majority of the respondents were committed to their employer, as Dr R. Hogan says: “Engagement refers to how employees perceive their jobs and employers. It is the opposite of alienation. When employees are engaged, they like their jobs, they work hard at their jobs, they take initiative, and they show loyalty.”
According to the survey, 74% of the respondents were happy to go to work, 57% of them described themselves as highly committed, 44% placed their commitment at 4 on a scale of 5, while 13.5% of respondents identified at 4.5.
Highly engaged respondents were more likely to:
- Talk to friends or family at least twice a day about their job
- Believe that they enjoy their job more than their friends or family do
- Work more than 50 hours a week
- Work outside of business hours because they want to
“How people react to constant availability depends on how engaged they are. The more engaged an employee, the more he or she will be willing to bring work into their family/home life.” Hogan said.
How many hours of work per week will be the acceptable average for the striving Y generation we don’t yet know as according to our research in Hungary the members of the Y generation put the work-life balance forward.
It is obvious that those employees who resulted to be committed by the corresponding programs and approach are more likely to be suited to current business management conditions. We suggest it is worth paying attention to this topic!