Smartphones, Wi-Fi access, and social media have liberated business executives from the confines of their offices; however, the flip side of that freedom is that very few can separate themselves from work after hours, according to a study by gyro and Forbes Insights.
Among senior decision-makers, the boundaries between work and leisure have all but disappeared:
- 52% say they receive information related to business decisions around-the-clock, including weekends.
- 63% check work-related email every 1-2 hours during non-work hours.
- 53% step away from dinner to deal with work-related issues.
- 98% send work-related emails during the weekends or at night.
Below, additional findings from the study titled: "The @Work State of Mind Project: Engaging the Most Engaged," a collaborative marketing research and development project by gyro and Forbes Insights.
Among US execs, only 3% say they do not interact with work-related email or have business conversations while on vacation; most (39%) so so during every vacation.
What Influences Business Decisions
More than three quarters of execs (77%) say personal values are important or critically important in making business decisions.
Social networks are also important to execs:
- 67% of execs say professional social networks play a significant role in business decisions.
- 56% of execs say personal social networks influence their decisions.
Fewer Decisions Made in the Office