The traditional concept of work/life balance is becoming extinct as new research shows that 79% of workers in London are putting in more than their standard hours at work each and every day.
According to the survey by HP, a quarter (25%) of London workers aged 25-34 are putting in between 2-3 hours extra work a day beyond their contracted time. This equates to approximately 20 extra working days a year for full time workers.
The statistics, based on a YouGov survey of 1,137 Londoners, shows that the days of working 9-5 are gone as younger generations start to build a life/work balance where the lines are blurred and work is taken beyond the office with quality downtime built around the to do list.
For 11% of 25 to 34 year old workers in London, it’s the norm to work more than 5 hours a day beyond their usual working hours, which equates to 25 hours a week. But the work isn’t confined to the office with 29% of all London office worker’s surveyed stating that it was important to them to be able to work while on the move.
The desire for mobile working is proving to be a generational trend with 27% of those aged 35 to 44 feeling it’s important compared to 36% of those aged 18-24.
With mobile working becoming a necessity, a lack of internet access is unsurprisingly the biggest frustration for London office workers when working on the move according to almost a third (32%) of survey respondents. Despite that, only 6% of Londoners would be willing to pay more than they currently do to travel around London if access to free Wi-Fi was on offer.