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Norway – Workers continue to check emails during the festive period

20 December 2013

According to ManpowerGroup’s Work Life survey, 15% Norwegian workers will be checking their work emails on Christmas Eve. A fifth (21%) of male workers and 8% of female workers will check their emails on Christmas Eve, the day Norwegians celebrate Christmas.

On Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26 December) 16% of workers will check their emails. While 32% of workers will check their emails during the week after Christmas, in the run-up to the New Year, even if they are holiday.

Maalfrid Brath, Managing Director of Manpower Norway, commented: “Honestly, take your holidays. The vast, vast majority of workers do not need to be so accessible to their work that they have to read work emails during Christmas.”

During the rest of the year, six out of 10 workers reported checking their emails outside of working hours. A third (35%) responded that they never check their emails when they are away from their job.  Seven out of 10 women do not check their emails on some days, compared with only half of men.

“I don’t think different job responsibilities is the reason for this, men should learn from women to just disengage from their job,” Ms Brath added.

Four out of 10 employees have access to work email via their mobile phone and believe it to be an advantage. An equal number do not have access to work emails and have no desire to change that. Of those who have access, only 7% reported that they were unhappy about it.   

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