Furthermore, “it could be a warning sign that an employee is dealing with many tasks, and needs help to prioritise and balance their time”, reveals a study.

Professionals have registered less productivity when they work after working hours, in accordance with the Slack Workforce Index, a study developed through a survey of more than 10,000 office workers around the world.

“The connection between working after working hours and the drop I productivity is surprising, with a decline of 20 percent in productivity recorded in all those who continue working beyond the end of the daily shift”.

The study shows “for decades, overtime in the office was seen as a sign of hard work and productivity, even being almost a badge of honour”, however, “the most recent Slack study proves otherwise, stating that despite this long-standing perception, working after hours is more often associated with lower levels of productivity”.

“Slack’s latest Workforce Index presents the gap in productivity depends on whether workers stay up late into the night (or early into the morning). About two in five white-collar workers (37 percent) log in outside their company’s standard hours, at least once a week, and more than half (54 percent) of these workers say it is because they feel pressured to do so and not because they want to”, is added.