Many workers work on hidden projects after work to advance their careers. There is a hidden disadvantage even if this kind of heavy workload has become the norm.

Beth, an international marketing manager from Toronto, feels required to work even though she is on holiday in Europe. This is because she still puts in a lot of time outside of her usual workday by doing things like checking in with her coworkers on WhatsApp and listening to “a ton” of podcasts related to her area of work. Many tasks are still completed outside of the typical workday, despite the fact that for millions of knowledge workers, it has been getting longer.

For employees, these responsibilities after hours are nothing new. The pandemic has changed how people work, blurring the lines between home and professional life, which makes it even simpler for these behaviors to occur. Additionally, because this extra effort is implicitly expected, it is getting harder for employees to brush it off. This makes it nearly impossible to ever unwind.