Telecommute = More Work

Like many Boomers, you may still be in the work force even though you've reached the traditional age for retirement. If so, you may be dreaming of ditching the commute and finding a virtual job that lets you stay home and connect with colleagues via email and conference calls. There's a lot to be said for an arrangement like that, but many telecommuters are surprised to find that they are almost never untethered from their digital connections. As a result, they may be more stressed rather than less, which may be detrimental to their well-being and their work-life balance.

A recent study done at The University of Texas at Austin confirms this fact. As a release from the university puts it, "For most employees who work remotely, telecommuting equates to working more hours."The findings show that the majority of the respondents who work from home add five to seven hours to their workweek compared with those who work exclusively at the office. 

The results, published in Monthly Labor Review, indicate that telecommuting causes work to seep into home life. According to the survey, tech-savvy workers claim that telecommuting technology has increased their overall work hours and that employees use technology, especially email, to perform work tasks even when sick or on vacation.

The release quotes co-author Jennifer Glass as saying, "Careful monitoring of this blurred boundary between work and home time and the erosion of 'normal working hours' in many professions can help us understand the expansion of work hours overall among salaried workers."


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