Working at the weekend can be like watching sand drop in an hourglass. It's time-consuming, but increasingly necessary for workers around the world, according to new research.
A study conducted by The Creative Group interviewed advertising and marketing executives in the US and revealed interesting new work patterns emerging in the sector. A majority of executives (62 per cent) said they actively brought work home at least one weekend per month.
In an age where as a society we are working longer and harder, this research is not surprising. The study also asked, on average, how many hours employees were already putting into the business each week.
More than 40 per cent were working more than 50 hours in the week, while the average number was 47. Combined with the hours during the weekend, most were working more than 50 hours per week.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data from last year suggested weekend work had nearly tripled in the last 20 years, from 12 per cent of employees in 1993 to 33 per cent in 2013.
Weekend work is not all bad, though. For employees who have other commitments during the week or are balancing a family and career, the ability to log on on Saturday and Sunday offers enviable flexibility. Businesses can also take steps to support employees that need to clock hours on the weekend. Investing in some form of web conferencingtechnology could be one way to help.
The technology allows workers the ability to communicate with clients and fellow employees on the weekend using different platforms.
It can also help when dealing with clients who are in different time zones. For example, a web conference call can take place on a Saturday in Australia for a Friday in the United States. This means the work doesn't have to be on hold and business can be done quicker with overseas clients.
Since weekend homework can't be avoided sometimes,businesses would be wise to invest in technology that can make it more efficient for the employee.