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Wrike Survey: "Overworking" Has Become Habit Forming

Pressured to do more, workers from executives to freelancers remain largely satisfied with work-life balance.

Campbell, Calif., December 17, 2012 – Wrike, a leading provider of social project management software, today announced the results of a recent online survey analyzing the workplace habits of nearly 2,000 respondents as they relate to overworking tendencies, what helps and hinders productivity, and their perception of their work-life balance.
 
In addition to shining a light on factors including time of day, individuals' moods and possible rewards play, the survey illustrates the degree to which "overworking" has become the norm in today's workplace. More than 87 percent of business owners, executives, managers, team members and freelancers said they overwork. More notably, jobholders appear to accept these growing workplace demands as evidenced by the fact that nearly 38 percent of overworking respondents are satisfied with their work-life balance.

Among all respondents - including those that overwork and those that don't - 42.1 percent are satisfied with their work-life balance. Over 46 percent feel overloaded from time to time; only 11.5 percent often feel stressed and overloaded.
  • The survey gave an extremely interesting snapshot of people's working habits across various organizational levels. It was interesting to see that despite different responsibilities, business owners, executives, managers, team members and even freelancers have some common things in their work styles, for instance, admitting to feel the most productive in the morning hours," said Andrew Filev, Wrike CEO. "Previously, in a similar way we gathered people's opinions on remote collaboration. This new perspective onto the working habits of knowledge workers will be very valuable for us as we tailor Wrike to their needs, aiming to help them work more comfortably and efficiently."

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Among other significant survey findings, 39 percent of respondents overwork more than five hours each week, with 35 percent and 13 percent overworking from two to five hours, to less than one hour per week, respectively. Just fewer than 13 percent stated that they don't overwork at all.

Team members expressed more satisfaction with their work-life balance than representatives of higher organizational levels and also freelancers:

Team members: 50.8 percent
Executives: 40.5 percent
Managers: 36.8 percent
Freelancers: 35.5 percent
Business owners: 29 percent

The three leading factors that respondents said inspired their efficiency were a sense of responsibility (76.8 percent), a good mood (56.9 percent) and the potential for greater reward (42.1 percent). More than half stated that deadlines inspire productivity, as compared to 7 percent that consider deadlines to be a hindrance to efficiency. As many as two-thirds (64 percent) categorized themselves as "early birds," responding that they feel most productive before noon.

The biggest productivity hindrances included interruptions (40.5 percent) and procrastination (20.8 percent), with inaccurate planning, multitasking, and digital distractions such as social networking also cited.

About Wrike
Wrike is an award-winning provider of social project management and collaboration software that helps both co-located and distributed teams get things done together in real time. Wrike's product vision is based on the innovative "work graph" model, connecting all work in one central hub that is comfortable to manage and navigate. Adopting the features of the "social graph" to the project collaboration space, Wrike allows users to bring together as many projects as they need and work on them in a scalable environment. Wrike is led by CEO Andrew Filev, a seasoned software entrepreneur, product manager and project manager who launched his first software company at the age of 18 and quickly grew it from a startup into a thriving international business. As more and more businesses trust Wrike for collaborating in the cloud, the company shows stable, triple-digit growth year-to-year. Wrike's customer base is notable for its wide international outreach and famous brands on board, including ECCO, Deloitte, Adobe, EMC, Stanford University and more.

Wrike is a trademark of Wrike, Inc. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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