Automotive professionals ‘always on’

A staggering 75% of professionals in the automotive sector confess to replying to work-related emails or making work-related calls in their free time.

Furthermore, one in three (32.7%) admit that they check their phone for work purposes immediately before they go to sleep, and as soon as they wake up. That’s according to the latest survey from CV-Library.

The survey of 1,200 UK workers explored the impact of today’s ‘always on’ culture, revealing that 77.4% of automotive workers believe that this is having a negative effect on professionals.

Respondents were also asked to share how working outside of their contracted hours has affected their life. The top problems to emerge include: poor quality of sleep, increased stress levels, spending less time with family, feeling exhausted, and unable to do enjoyable hobbies.

Additionally, 48.4% have access to shared drives and workspaces, with 60% saying that they access these outsides of working hours. This has lead 74.2% to agree that mobile devices are blurring the lines between our personal and our work lives.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, ‘It’s concerning to learn that such a large percentage of professionals in the automotive sector are continuing to work outside of their contracted hours. While technology has opened us up to a world of opportunities, it also makes it all too easy to access emails and shared drives from home. If you’re guilty of putting in the extra hours, it could be time to take a step back and reflect on how this is impacting your life, so you can begin to make some positive changes.’

With 83.9% of automotive workers confessing that they think about work outside of office hours, it’s unsurprising that one in four (24.1%) professionals don’t consider themselves to have a good work-life balance. In fact, 38.7% revealed that they have left a job in the past due to poor work-life balance.