37% of Spaniards work an average of three extra days

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The research also shows that the new generations most often work outside their working hours.

One in three Spaniards works more days than agreed. This is confirmed by a study that reveals work characteristics such as that 37% of Spaniards continue to work on average three days a week after work, according to the Adecco ‘Disconnect to reconnect’ questionnaire. The project examines how ways of working have changed after the pandemic and how they affect employee well-being.

One of the most striking data is that 59% of Spaniards check their email four days a week outside working hours, a figure very similar to France (60%) and far below India (85%). The survey also highlights the activities that employees value most, precisely to help them disconnect from work. The first option is to spend time with family and friends, both globally (41%) and nationally (39%).

As for these leisure questions, the answers show that 29% of workers worldwide choose to watch television and play sports, and in Spain 34% only do sports. Similarly, 27% of those surveyed around the world listen to music to disconnect and 27% of Spaniards watch television. The world exception is Belgium and Canada, which choose music listening and sports as their first option, respectively.

Adecco reveals that the more I work outside of work hours, the more stressed employees are and the harder it is to disconnect. This data has a direct impact on companies, as higher levels of stress increase the likelihood that they will leave the company in the next two years. For example, 23% of global respondents and three in ten Spaniards are thinking of leaving their company in the next two years.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, work flexibility in terms of hours and workplace has become the key feature of this new work normality. Under this new reality, 12% in Spain work from home on average three days a week, a figure far below the global average of 30%. Within this teleworking sector, 64% have an administrative or office function, compared to 86% internationally. The data confirm that remote working has become indispensable in Spanish offices.

Finally, the future employment outlook is not very encouraging, according to this study. Generation Z, the youngest and most tech-savvy, work most often outside office hours.

Source: La Verdad

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