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Poll: Employees Don’t Mind Staying Connected After Working Hours

According to a new Gallup poll, most think working remotely after hours is a good thing

Full-time U.S. employees are happy about working remotely even after the official workday is over, according to a new poll that shows that nearly 8 in 10 workers see an upside in staying connected with the office even after the day is done.

Forty-two percent of U.S. full-time employees view using a computer, tablet or smartphone to work remotely outside of normal business hours in a strongly positive light, while 37% see it as a somewhat positive development, according to a Gallup poll. Just 21 percent of Americans view more connectivity after work as a negative development.

Despite a growing receptivity to staying connected after work, barely over one-third (36 percent) of American workers say they frequently connect with work online after hours.

Men were more likely to frequently check email after work (40%) than women (31%), and millennials are more likely to stay in touch as well.

Wealthier Americans connect with work more often, with 53% of Americans making 120,000 or more a year checking in frequently.

Gallup conducted the poll by phone with 3,865 U.S. full-time employees over a two week period from March 24 to April 8, 2014.

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