New research from the University of Toronto finds that as many as 50 percent of people bring their work home with them regularly.
Researchers are studying the stress associated with work-life balance and the factors that predict it including the extent by which work was interfering with personal time.
Information obtained from a national survey of 1,800 American workers included questions: “How often does your job interfere with your home or family life?”; “How often does your job interfere with your social or leisure activities?”; and “How often do you think about things going on at work when you are not working?”
Sociology professor Scott Schieman says, “Nearly half of the population reports that these situations occur ‘sometimes’ or ‘frequently,’ which is particularly concerning given that the negative health impacts of an imbalance between work life and private life are well-documented.”
The authors describe five core sets of findings:
“We found several surprising patterns,” says Schieman.
“People who are well-educated, professionals and those with job-related resources report that their work interferes with their personal lives more frequently, reflecting what we refer to as ‘the stress of higher status.’
“While many benefits undoubtedly accrue to those in higher status positions and conditions, a downside is the greater likelihood of work interfering with personal life.”
Source: University of Toronto