Finance professionals falling victim to the ‘always-on’ work culture

A staggering 60% of professionals in the accounting sector confess to replying to work-related emails, or making work-related calls in their free time. What’s more, one in four (26.7%) admit that they check their phone for work purposes immediately before they go to sleep and as soon as they wake up. That’s according to the latest survey from CV-Library, a leading independent job site.

The survey of 1,200 UK workers explored the impact of today’s ‘always on’ culture, revealing that 80% of bookkeepers and accountants believe that this is having a negative effect on professionals. Respondents were also asked to share how working outside of their contracted hours has affected their life. The top problems to emerge include:

  1. Increased stress levels – 84%
  2. Negative impact on mental health – 83.3%
  3. Poor quality of sleep – 67 %
  4. Feeling exhausted – 66.7%
  5. Spending less time with family – 50%

Furthermore, 30% have access to shared drives and workspaces, with 55.6% saying that they access these outside of working hours. This has lead 76.7% to agree that mobile devices are blurring the lines between our personal and our work lives.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s concerning to learn that such a large percentage of professionals in the accounting sector are continuing to work outside of their contracted hours. While technology has opened us up to a world of opportunities, it also makes it all too easy to access emails and shared drives from home. If you’re guilty of putting in the extra hours, it could be time to take a step back and reflect on how this is impacting your life, so you can begin to make some positive changes.”

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