The answer to this question really depends of the individual, their situation and their personal preference. I know some co-workers who never take work home with them and I know others who put in another six to eight hours of work when they get home.

I also grew up seeing both sides of the coin. My mother regularly brought work home. In fact, it was rare to see her not working during the evening. My father, on the other hand, left all signs of his work at the office.

Personally, I made the choice some time ago to bring work home with me, not because I’m a workaholic, but rather because it allows me to be more flexible. If I didn’t, I would likely end up staying at the office into the early evening and my preference is to bring work home as opposed to working late. This way, I am at home with my family for dinner. The work I bring home is done after my son’s bedtime.

So, unfortunately, the answer to this question is no longer a simple yes or no, as it may have been in the past. I believe that the introduction of flextime has made grayed the line between work and home. With many businesses allowing their employees to work flexible hours, more and more people are bringing work home and completing it when the opportunity arises, as opposed to doing everything in the office between 9 and 5.

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