Our fear of missing out is reaching new levels of crazy – but it’s not our fault!
Checking our phones dozens of times during the day might be bad enough but now it seems lots of people are also waking in the night to read and respond to email.
A new survey reveals that 34% of working Brits regularly tackle work issues in the dead of the night, rather than leaving it until the morning.
Now, I’m not saying that I haven’t occasionally done that if I had woken in the night to use the loo, or just woke up and couldnt get back to sleep (don’t you hate that!) but it seems loads of people are regular overnight emailers.
In fact, 44% of those polled claim they frequently send emails to colleagues and clients between the hours of 11pm and 6am, while one in ten say they would fear for their job if they didn’t respond to emails promptly.
And it’s that fear that makes this a bit more serious.
Even at the weekend, the average Brit works an average of THREE hours catching up on emails and dealing with issues they simply haven’t had time to deal with during the week, while 64% of workers admit they lose sleep over work worries.
Bosses even interfere with workers’ love lives
A third said their dinner is often interrupted with work demands, while one in twenty have had to put a stop to intimacy with their partner due to disruptive work queries.
A further 45 percent complained that their boss often called them during non-working hours and 28 percent have been disturbed on a family holiday.
Over half (53 percent) of the 1,000 British employees polled said they rely on strong coffee to keep them focused during the long working week, however 61 percent say their reliance on high caffeine drinks makes it harder to switch off when they get home.
“Whilst the advancement of technology has helped us in our professional careers, it also means we are contactable 24 /7 and for many it makes the ability to switch off very hard,” said Dr Emma Derbyshire, nutritionist for British Summer Fruits who carried out the survey.
“We spend such a huge proportion of our lives at work anyway, it’s depressing to hear that so many professionals are having to work until the early hours of the morning in order to catch-up on their heavy work-load,” added Dr Derbyshire.
Work dramas have disrupted funerals
Relaxing baths, friend’s weddings and even funerals were also events that workers had had ruined because of work dramas, while 37 percent of us have ended up logging on when abroad and working during our annual break.
And 37 percent of employed Brits say their phone is like a technological umbilical cord to their office and work, while more than four in ten (41 percent) confessed they are often at their wits end with constant grief from work.