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HOW PRESSURE TO WORK OVERTIME AFFECTS WORKERS

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Optimized-iStock_000040633964_SmallFor most workers, Labor Day means a three-day weekend, but our new research suggests that many workers will feel pressure to work through the weekend.

In a survey of 400 workers, about half said their employer pressured them to work overtime. Those workers were more likely to feel burnt out at work and more often thought about quitting.

Technology may play a role in feeling obligated to work overtime. Workers who felt pressure to work overtime tended to use mobile computing devices for work. Workers who said they did not feel pressure to work overtime tended to use desktop computers as their primary work device.

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Surprisingly, the overtime workers had a few advantages. They were more likely to say that their pay was higher, and they were more likely to receive accolades from their bosses and coworkers. They also saw more opportunities for career growth than other workers did.

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