Survey: Work/life mesh, but certain barriers remain

A survey of about 1,000 U.S. office workers found that some sneak out to exercise, most will answer a work email on vacation, and many don’t believe their bosses would let them work from home.

According to Kim DeCarlis, vice president of corporate marketing at Citrix Systems, work life and home life aren’t all that separate anymore.

“In today’s world, it’s no longer working from 8 to 5 and living the rest of the time,” she says. “Lives are just very intermingled today.”

That notion is borne out in a recent survey of 1,013 U.S. office workers conducted by Wakefield Research and sponsored by Citrix, a technology firm that aims to make employees and their bosses more mobile in their work life. The survey focuses on some funny topics—workplace annoyances, excuses for not coming into the office—to make a larger point.

“What we’re really trying to talk about is a way to give workers more freedom to work in the location that they best find inspiration and can be most productive,” DeCarlis says. “Being in an office isn’t always the most productive place to be.”

Some of the most interesting results from the survey include:

Annoyances in the office

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