Working 9-5 Is Becoming A Distant Dream

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.

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Christian Harris is editor and publisher of BCW. Christian has over 20 years' publishing experience and in that time has contributed to most major IT magazines and Web sites in the UK. He launched BCW in 2009 as he felt there was a need for honest and personal commentary on a wide range of business computing issues. Christian has a BA (Hons) in Publishing from the London College of Communication.