Home News Research Finds 82% of Gen Z Employees Work Nights and Weekends

Research Finds 82% of Gen Z Employees Work Nights and Weekends

54% report declining eye health

VSP® Vision Care released new research, conducted by Workplace Intelligence, that reveals a concerning trend among Gen Z employees: 82% are working longer hours, including nights and weekends, and 54% say their eye health is worsening as a result.

The survey, which polled 800 human resource benefit leaders and 800 additional full-time employees at U.S. organizations, highlights how today’s workforce is increasingly struggling with too much screen time and symptoms consistent with digital eye strain. The research also reveals that some employee groups, including younger generations and remote workers, are affected by these trends more than others.

Key findings from the study include:

  • Excessive screen time: On average, employees are getting over 96 hours of screen time a week, with more than a third of that time coming from work.
  • Long work hours: 69% of employees say they’ve worked longer hours over the past year, for example nights and weekends. An alarming 43% report that their eye health is worsening as a result.
  • Generational impact: 82% of Gen Z employees report working longer hours, and 54% say this has impacted their eye health.
  • Remote work considerations: Remote and hybrid workers get more than 7 hours of screen time each day, compared to just 5.5 hours for on-site employees.
  • Productivity loss: 50% of workers have at least one eye issue, for example blurred or poor vision, eye strain and fatigue, or dry and itchy eyes. Workers struggling with these issues report negative impacts on their productivity (63%), ability to focus (55%), and mental health (42%).

“In our increasingly digital world, it’s important for employers today to view vision benefits as part of a holistic approach to health and preventive health care plans for employees,” said VSP Vision Care President Kate Renwick-Espinosa. “Not only can an eye doctor detect signs of more than 270 health conditions during an eye exam, but they can also help employees who spend significant time on screens protect and maintain their ocular health.”

“With a growing number of employees working longer hours, our research indicates that screen time may be at an all-time high,” said Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner, Workplace Intelligence. “Employers have an opportunity to meet this moment for their employees, improve their organization’s productivity, and reduce healthcare costs by providing the support and benefits their people need to reduce digital eye strain.”

For more information on the study and tips for helping workers reduce their screen time, visit here.

 

Read more news from WO here.

Featured photo credit: Getty Images, Blueastro

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Growing as an OD While Giving Back

Before Kami Nguyen, OD, graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry in 2019, she spent more than a decade working in...

The Myopia Collective Names Inaugural Change Agents

The American Optometric Association (AOA) and CooperVision announced the inaugural cohort of Change Agents for The Myopia Collective. The news coincides with Optometry’s Meeting in Nashville,...

School’s Out: Time to Start Preparing for the Back-to-School Rush

If you wait to start preparing for the back-to-school rush in late summer, you’ve already missed a good part of the opportunity, says Tonya...

Dr. Roya Attar: AI Is Essentially the Next Industrial Revolution

Roya Attar, OD, FAAO, MBA, DHA, of Jackson, Mississippi, says that when she first started getting into artificial intelligence (AI) for optometry, "I used...