Checking Work Emails While Commuting...Should There be Compensation?

With the tech industry booming, there’s always a way to do “something” on your electronic devices. Online gaming, mobile apps for just about anything, e-commerce, and checking work emails are all used on devices, while traveling/commuting.

The question is...should employees receive compensation for their time spent checking emails while commuting? A recent study from the University of West England stated that with access to WiFi on trains and the spread of mobile phones, workdays have been extended. Studies all show that more than 54% of commuters use commuting time to send work emails. With this time being spent away from the office, should commuters receive additional compensation? Extra time is being spent with working additional hours outside the regular workday.

What about work-life balance? When exactly do employees shut it off?