Separation from work was already a difficult task before Covid. Checking emails outside of work hours or taking work home was something that many employees did on a regular basis.. But after the epidemic, the situation seems to have worsened and Centennial They are the ones facing the most difficulties, according to an investigation by consulting firm Adecco.
From the survey it appears that45% of employees said they work after hours an average of three days a week. Similarly, while 60% check their email after office hours 4 days a week.
On the other hand, when asking the same question, companies tend to overestimate the number of hours their employees work. From the organizations point of view, 80% of employees take work home three days a week and 88% check their emails after hours at least four times every seven days.
Study details it Those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s face the biggest problem of separation from work. In addition, the generation is likely to leave the company soon. Meanwhile, millennials — those born between the 1980s and the mid-1990s — seem to have had more work and stress since the pandemic began.
“We understand that this lack of disconnection after the Generation Z workday has to do with the fact that they are digital natives and more connected to devices. For better and for evil. The most attentive and connected are the young people and that’s why it’s hard for them to find a court‘,” explains Alexandra Manera, director of human resources for Adecco Argentina and Uruguay.
And although from the point of view of age, there are no significant differences when starting the working day, and leaving work It is even more difficult for young people, especially if they work from the office. In contrast, employees over 55 years of age can move from professional to personal activities more easily, regardless of where they work.
Moreover, the survey revealed that It is more difficult for employees to switch from professional to personal life when working from the office compared to working from home. This result has been verified in the same way all over the world.
“There are patterns in generations that repeat themselves. The younger ones understood it more quickly through work home office It is possible to make discounts to go to the gym or go out to the bank. This is why it’s more natural for them to take this break than anyone from Generation X or A. childbearing. The Centennial They work from home, but there is freedom to manage time, even if it makes them finish later.”
From a generational point of view, preference Generation Z to disconnect is to listen to music, while Generations Y & X (including those born between 1965 and 1981) choose to spend time with friends and Baby Boomers (predators of Generation X) to watch TV. secondly, The younger the generation, the more they use exercise and naps as a way to calm downAnd the elderly, they prefer to read more.
In all countries that are part of the research, with the exception of Belgium and Canada, spending time with family and friends is the most common activity to separate from work (41%). In India, Italy, Spain, Latin America and Switzerland, 3 out of 10 employees choose to exercise.
In the United Kingdom and the United States, the first place is shared by two activities: spending time with friends and family, and watching television. In Latin America, 5 out of 10 employees prefer spending time with friends and familyWhile 32% chose to watch TV and 31% exercised.