WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Tuning out and turning off is becoming rarer for most American workers, but most say they are better off for it.
They are staying connected to work through email, text messaging and voice mail, says a survey from the American Psychological Association.
Just over half of employed adults said they check work messages at least once a day over the weekend, before or after work during the week and even when they are home sick.
And more than 4 in 10 reported doing so while on vacation.
Those who keep in touch say they are productive and enjoy more flexibility with their schedules.
56 percent said keeping connected helps them do better work and 49 percent said it improves relations with their co-workers.
Nearly three-quarters of working adults said they have control over whether or not they do work outside of normal hours and that their jobs fit well with other aspects of their lives.
“People are often given the advice to unplug if you want to achieve work-life balance and recharge,” said David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, assistant executive director for organizational excellence at APA.
“For many people, the ability to stay connected adds value to their work and personal lives. We’re learning that not everyone wants to power down, and that’s OK.”
But being plugged in 24/7 is not without its challenges. More than one-third of employed Americans said communication technology increases their workload and makes it more difficult to stop thinking about work and to take a break from work.