If you work in this industry, you definitely aren’t suffering from burnout

Working from home is bit misleading.

To work used to mean getting up at the crack of dawn and jumping in the shower, letting the coffee cool as you bathed before getting a few sips and heading out the door. It required a commute that seemingly jolted the average employee to shake off the morning cobwebs before heading into the office to put in an eight-hour shift.

But working from home is a bit different. Due to the pandemic, workers are juggling every day home life with every single moment they work. Children were stuck at home with remote learning. Your spouse is on a conference call just feet away from you. There’s a TV staring right in front of you just waiting to become your distraction. The dog needs to be walked and you need a walk as well in order to not feel like you’re trapped inside your home.

With distractions a plenty, it’s worth wondering whether workers are actually working their entire shift. We’ve carved out a way to work that suites our needs in the current moment.

It’s been argued that working eight hours daily isn’t the recipe for success to maintain happiness and productivity. The four-day workweek has been trialed and implemented in different parts of the world, but whether places in the US give it a go in a post-pandemic world remains to be seen.

During the pandemic, research found that workers were logging more hours than before in the office. Distractions caused people to increase the number of work hours each day, tallying in unusual work patterns that caused extended workdays that breached new heights of exhaustion.

It’s also been argued that workers have been more productive at home due to having more hours to focus, but when it comes to the tech industry, workers are barely even putting in a half-days work, according to a new study.

A survey conducted by Blind, a community platform that allows workers to log anonymous posts to review their employers, found that a third of professionals working in tech companies work only three to four hours a day. A user on the site asked “How many real hours of work do you put in each day?”, which allowed users to log responses.

A few interesting findings showed that fewer workers said they work seven to eight hour days (15%) compared to those working three to four hour days, which was 31%.

Additionally, 11% of professionals said they work one to two hours a day.

“If meetings count then 9-10 [hours],” said a Facebook worker. “If they do not… <1 [hour].”

Shocking, isn’t it? Here’s are some of the numbers from the the 42 companies:

  • 43% of eBay professionals work 3-4 hours a day.
  • 50% of AirBnb workers tally 5-6 hours a day.

The report said that employers are using time during the work day to take care of personal responsibilities that was not present before the pandemic.

“The data shows that while they are working remotely, the majority of these employees are also taking care of a few personal errands, whether it be picking the kids up from school in the afternoon or taking the dog for a walk around midday,” it said.