How much time are we spending checking email outside the office?
FILE - In this June 16, 2013 file photo, users browse the Internet in an underground station in Hong Kong. As hacks abound, some companies are testing workers' security-savvy by sending spoof phishing emails to see who bites. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Frankly, there is no easy way to put this. We are spending too much time checking email outside the office.

It turns out more than a third of U.S. adults (35.2 percent) check email at least one hour every day outside of work hours. That’s according to a survey of from Samanage, a SaaS enterprise service management company.

That adds up to more than 30 days of extra work per year. Or, triple the number of vacation days the average U.S. worker receives every year.

The “Email Overload Survey” gauged opinions of 1,500 U.S. adults. Some other interesting findings from the survey:

  • • One in five respondents (19.2 percent) wake up to check work email “very often”
  • • Nearly a quarter of people (23 percent) check email “very often” during dinner
  • • Nearly one in five employees (18.9 percent) receive more than 100 emails every day
  • • Most people (55.2 percent) would prefer a text message over email, online chat, intranet or social media
  • • A quarter (25.6 percent) said they keep connected to stay organized while roughly the same amount of people (24.2 percent) said they needed to stay connected

“The report indicates that employees have a hard time putting down their mobile device and stepping away from work email after hours,” Cord Silverstein, acting vice president of marketing for Samanage said. “Unfortunately, we don’t see this changing.

“However, the good news is that there are solutions available to businesses that will help employees organize and control the communication happening after hours,” Silverstein said. “We know that unplugging after hours may not be realistic for most businesses or employees, but incorporating automation technology or chat tools to streamline communication, not only has the potential to increase workplace productivity, but the opportunity to give employees time back in their personal lives.”

The best advice: Put down the mobile device and move away slowly. And, take a vacation. Find something weird to see.

Todd DeFeo About the author:
Todd DeFeo is a writer, marketer and wanderer. Follow Todd on Twitter and check out his blog, The Travel Trolley.
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