While most of those who responded to the poll don’t feel that they spend too much time at their jobs, a majority admit that they’ve occasionally resorted to dealing with work in what’s supposed to be their spare time.
Fifty-four percent of workers say they at least sometimes answer work emails or phone calls at a time when they’re not scheduled to be working. Twenty-one percent say they do so “all the time.”
And although 57 percent of workers say their job offers paid vacation time, a significant fraction — 13 percent — say they don’t feel comfortable using all of the time off they’re entitled to.
For all the modern technology available in many workplaces, there’s little consensus on whether it’s made things better or worse.
Twenty percent of workers say smartphones and emails make their job more stressful than it would be otherwise, while 26 percent say these technologies make their job less stressful.
The rest say technology doesn’t affect their job, or that the question doesn’t apply to them.
The survey shows something of an age divide in the responses. Workers under age 45 are 10 points more likely to see technological advances as alleviating their workplace stress, while those 45 and older are about evenly split on whether the technologies help curb stress.
The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Dec. 3-7, among U.S. adults, including 528 who are currently working. It used a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.