April 24, 2024

3 out of 5 workers try to be ‘active’ online even when not at work: move

  • 63% of workers surveyed say that they actively maintain their status online, even when they are not working, according to Slack.
  • Employees spend 32% of their time on functional and busy work, according to the survey.
  • These results come amid the ongoing debate regarding hustle culture and performance productivity.

About 3 in 5, or 63% of workers surveyed by workplace messaging app Slack said they try to keep their status “active online,” even when they’re not at work.

The same group estimates that more than 40% of their meetings could be eliminated from their calendars without any real consequences, ie according to a study published by Slack in June. Slack’s State of Work report was conducted between February and March, surveying 18,149 employers and employees from nine countries.

Survey respondents said they spend, on average, nearly a third of their time on executive work that does not contribute to company and team goals, according to the report. Slack did not quantify how many employees said this.

While employees may feel the burden of keeping up appearances, bosses, however, love busy work.

About a quarter, or 27% of the leaders surveyed said the most prevalent metric for measuring productivity is “visibility and activity metrics,” the report says. This metric outperformed other measures such as cost and achievement of KPIs and targets, according to the report.

However, the report’s authors found no direct correlation between employees feeling pressured to appear in executive work and real measurable gains in productivity.

These results come amid the ongoing debate regarding hustle culture and performance productivity.

Last year, Insider’s Reed Alexander reported that JPMorgan was tracking the activities of its employees, even monitoring when they swiped their ID cards and how often they attended meetings. An employee told Insider at the time: “At JPMorgan, nobody trusts you. Higher-ups don’t trust you to do your job unless they’re constantly watching you in the office.”

This dissatisfaction with the hustle culture has even “quietly overtaken” into virality.

But now, fears of a taciturn economy and a looming recession have put hustle culture back on the map, despite its links to burnout and adverse effects on workers’ health, Insider previously reported.

According to the OECDAmericans worked an average of 1,811 hours in 2022, higher than the OECD average of 1,752 hours worked in a year.

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