Americans Doing More After-Hours Work from Their Own Mobile Devices

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Americans Doing More After-Hours Work from Their Own Mobile Devices

Almost two-thirds of American workers use mobile technology, but only 6 out of 7 use their own device

Raleigh, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2014) – It’s not unusual to see someone catching up on email at night from the comfort of their couch and convenience of their mobile phone. In fact, that scene is becoming more the rule than the exception. But according the results of a new national survey from Workplace Options, when people use a phone or tablet to work after hours, they’re almost certainly using a device they’ve paid for themselves.

A new poll commissioned by Workplace Options, the world’s leading employee effectiveness and well-being provider, shows that 65 percent of American workers use mobile technology as part of their job – and almost 6 in 10 employed Americans (59 percent) work via mobile devices after normal business hours. But among all of those working late via mobile technology, just 15 percent use devices provided by their employer.

“The use of mobile technology is a great example of the evolving trend of work-life integration,” said Dean Debnam, chief executive officer of Workplace Options. “People are communicating with their family and friends during the work day through the same devices that they’re working on from home after hours.”

The survey also found that:

–          80 percent of working Americans use mobile devices during the work day to communicate with family

–          57 percent of those that work via mobile devices after hours said they do so 2 hours per day or more

–          And 51 percent said their employer does not have a policy governing mobile device use


“The fact that 8 in 10 employees are using phones and tablets to communicate and coordinate with their families throughout the work day immediately jumps out at me,” Debnam said. “Businesses can’t be their best unless their employees are focused and operating at full capacity. Finding better ways to support employees both personally and professionally represents hundreds of millions of dollars in real gains for organizations across this country.”

Younger Workers Logging More Time After-Hours

According to the survey results, 67 percent of those age 18-29 and 72 percent of those age 30-45 said they often perform tasks associated with their job via mobile technology once the work day is done.

But one of the more interesting findings was not that such a high percentage of younger employees were working, it was how much – 84 percent of those age 18-29 reported working two hours per day or more via mobile devices after-hours.

“These results don’t mean that younger workers are working that much harder than others, it’s just that they’re working differently.” Debnam said. “Whether that’s a personal preference or a function of their job is an interesting question that the entire business community should be watching closely.”

“The conversation is no longer about helping employees strike a balance between life at work and life at home,” Debnam explained. “For businesses, it’s now about a more comprehensive approach to employee well-being that encompasses support for an employee’s body, mind and life.”

The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling on May 6-7 and is based on responses from 609 working Americans. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent. Full results are available HERE.

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About Workplace Options

Workplace Options helps employees balance their work, family and personal needs to become healthier, happier and more productive, both personally and professionally. The company’s world-class employee support, effectiveness and well-being services provide information, resources, referrals and consultation on a variety of issues ranging from dependent care and stress management to clinical services and wellness programs.

Drawing from an international network of credentialed providers and professionals, Workplace Options is the world’s largest integrated employee support services and work-life provider. Service centers in Raleigh, N.C., London, Toronto, Dublin, Singapore, Panama, Tokyo, and Lisbon support more than 46 million employees in over 34,000 organizations, across more than 200 countries and territories. To learn more, visit