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Poll: Should employees be expected to work outside their working hours?

A new survey shows many employees feel expected to log on before and after work. So what do you think?

THE AVERAGE IRISH working day now lasts from 8am to around 8pm, according to a survey by a cloud computing company.

The rise of remote access means many employees feel expected to deal with emails and other tasks outside their regular working hours.

Forty per cent of men and 25 per cent of women in the five countries surveyed said they usually checked their work email before 7.30am, while bosses said they would feel comfortable calling employees about work as late as 7.30pm.

This may mean an increase in overall working time. However, some have said these changes in working patterns give employees more flexibility to shape their days around other commitments.

So what do you think? Should employees be expected to work outside their working hours?

Poll Results:

Yes - but only in exceptional circumstances, not routinely (1712)
No (1685)
I don't know (409)
Yes (262)

Read: No more 9 to 5: Average Irish workday ‘is now 8am to 8pm’>

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