Almost half (48 percent) of remote employees have reported working past midnight, according to a new study by software company Skynova.
The youngest workers (Generation Z) were most likely to work past midnight (54 percent), while the oldest (Baby Boomers) were least likely (34 percent). Among married workers, 55 percent reported working late, and 57 percent of employees with children also worked into the late evening.
The study speculates that because parents have had to spend more time caring for their children during the pandemic, people with kids may have been obliged to stay up late to complete their work.
Workers who worked late were more likely to feel stressed, burned out and apt to look for a new job within six months, compared with those who did not work late. Still, night owls were more likely to have received a promotion in the preceding six months, the study found.
While many remote employees said they worked late because they were unable to finish work during the day, others were obliged to burn the midnight oil for a side job because of pandemic-caused financial strains, according to the report.
A majority of respondents (63 percent) said they would want to continue to work at night, with parents more enthusiastic (71 percent) than those without children (46 percent). Most remote workers (67 percent) said they considered night work a perk, with parents again being more in agreement (72 percent) than those without children (54 percent).
“Working late can have negative impacts on your well-being but positive outcomes on your career advancement,” the study said. “Either way, it has become a necessity for many.”