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New Research: Majority Of Tech Leaders Confident They Can Disconnect From Emails, Employees May Find It Difficult To Detach
- 66 percent of technology leaders say they could adhere to an email ban, but 41 percent of workers don't think their current manager would stick to it
- Over half of workers would be tempted to check their inbox after hours
- Workers in Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis and Houston most likely to believe their manager wouldn't honor an after-hours email ban

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- With recent legislation in some countries offering a "right to disconnect" and some U.S. cities looking to follow suit, Robert Half Technology surveyed IT leaders and office workers to see if they could ignore their inboxes after hours. Two-thirds (66 percent) of technology leaders believe they could adhere to a ban on after-hours work emails, but 41 percent of office workers surveyed don't think their manager would follow the rule. Only 46 percent of employees were confident they could resist the temptation to check emails after work.

Robert Half (PRNewsfoto/Robert Half)

"Whether it's a self-inflicted attachment to work or feeling pressure to provide immediate responses to leaders, time away from our jobs is not only healthy, but necessary to do our best work," said Ryan Sutton, district president for Robert Half Technology. "With or without legislation, managers should be respectful of their employees' personal time, as well as their own, to avoid burnout." 

Additional findings:

  • Inbox addiction. Office workers in San Diego, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta would be most likely to answer emails after hours, despite any legislation giving them the freedom not to check in. Additionally, IT leaders in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and San Diego were least likely to obey a ban on after-work emails.
  • Email ban believers. IT leaders in Charlotte, Los Angeles and Miami were most confident in their ability to detach from work. Employees in Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland said they would have the least trouble disconnecting.
  • More employees, more difficult to disconnect. Managers in large companies (1,000 employees or more) reported being the least likely to stick to an after-hours email ban compared to those at smaller companies.

Managers who said they would be able to adhere to a ban and office workers who could resist sending job-related emails after work, by city:

U.S. City

IT
Manager

Worker

U.S. City

IT
Manager

Worker

Atlanta, GA

65%

38%

Miami, FL

74%

40%

Austin, TX

68%

43%

Minneapolis, MN

68%

51%

Boston, MA

56%

40%

Nashville, TN

70%

48%

Charlotte, NC

76%

50%

New York, NY

63%

33%

Chicago, IL

46%

36%

Philadelphia, PA

60%

47%

Cincinnati, OH

65%

60%

Phoenix, AZ

64%

50%

Cleveland, OH

65%

57%

Pittsburgh, PA

69%

49%

Dallas, TX

66%

44%

Raleigh, NC    

68%

50%

Denver, CO

61%

53%

Salt Lake City, UT

66%

51%

Des Moines, IA

73%

44%

San Diego, CA

54%

28%

Detroit, MI

69%

65%

San Francisco, CA

64%

40%

Houston, TX

69%

53%

Seattle, WA

71%

49%

Indianapolis, IN

65%

52%

St. Louis, MO

63%

48%

Los Angeles, CA

75%

36%

Washington, DC

53%

45%

     

Total U.S.

66%

46%

About the Research
The online surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 2,800 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments, and more than 2,800 IT decision makers in 28 major U.S. markets. All IT respondents were screened to have hiring authority for the information systems or information technology department of a company.

About Robert Half Technology
With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at roberthalf.com/technology. Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2019 Salary Guide.

 

 

SOURCE Robert Half Technology

For further information: Jenn Popovic, (650) 234-6033, jennifer.popovic@roberthalf.com