The majority of employees heading out at the end of the traditional work day are taking the office with them, a survey conducted by London, Ontario-based Info-Tech Research Group says. A whopping 81 per cent of employees feel obligated - at least to some degree - to be available to their employers 24/7. Only 19 per cent of respondents said they feel no obligation whatsoever to be available for work all the time.

"So when you look around you at people on the beach this summer, probably only one-fifth of them are free to think about nothing but beach volleyball ... the rest are feeling obligated to keep tabs on the office," said Carmi Levy, senior research analyst at Info-Tech. "Suddenly our free time doesn't seem so free anymore."

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