Less than 15 percent of affluent investors think checking work email at home should be outlawed.
Americans and Europeans disagree on many things, including whether beer should be chilled, the name of the world’s most popular sport, and the need for royalty.
But those two groups also disagree widely on working at home after the workday is complete.
While a few European countries have outlawed working at home beyond regular work hours, it is required by some American companies to keep in contact with work through email. A recent survey by the company Good Technology said 68 percent of white-collar workers check their work email before going into work, and 56 percent check it while in bed at night.
In a Spectrem’s Millionaire Corner survey of affluent investors, 61 percent said it should be up to the employee whether they check their work email at home. Thirteen percent said such practice should not be allowed, claiming that time away from home is personal time.
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Twenty percent of investors said checking email should be considered part of the job requirement for salaried positions, while 6 percent said hourly employees should be compensated for their time while checking emails at home.
Male investors (24 percent) are more likely than female investors (15 percent) to consider checking email a part of the job for salaried employees. Wealth also plays a role, as 32 percent of investors with a net worth over $5 million believe it should be a part of the job, while only 14 percent of investors with a net worth under $100,000 believe so.
Almost half (49 percent) of corporate executives see it as a job requirement for salaried employees.
Business owners have a varying view on email checking at home. While 13 percent believe hourly employees should be compensated for their time while checking email at home (versus 6 percent of the total investor population) only 3 percent think it should not be allowed all together (versus 13 percent of the total population).
Twenty-one percent of investors under the age of 40 think it should not be allowed at all.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.