Almost nine out of 10 (88%) UK employees work during their personal time, research from Jive Software has revealed.
According to the findings, work and personal lives are increasingly merging as 18% of UK employees worked 10 hours or more a week during non-business hours - the equivalent of a full working day.
The global survey found that more than 90% of US, British and Australian workers used their personal time to work, with American employees being the most likely (37%) to work 10 hours or more during their time outside of the office.
This lifestyle appeared to potentially affect health choices as 43% of American, Australian and British workers reported they would spend more time exercising if they had 10 more hours in any given week.
While on holiday, half (50%) of US employees and 51% of Australian workers reported devoting some time to working, compared to just over a third (34%) of Brits. Perhaps most surprisingly, 14% of all respondents admitted to not taking any holiday.
Jive vice president of product marketing Nathan Rawlins said that businesses should look at ways in which employees collaborate so that more time could be spent focusing on core responsibilities.
"Employees around the globe are spending far too much time on unproductive work: sitting through unnecessary meetings, wading through endless emails, and constantly searching for long-lost documents-leading to more people doing their actual jobs on off hours."
Rawlins added: "Fortunately, with social collaboration, businesses can transform the way people work, ensuring employees can be more productive at the office, while giving them time back for a balanced life. The result: more productive, happier employees."