Bosses work through the weekend: CNBC study

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Company executives can't seem to keep their minds off work - even at the weekends.

According to a CNBC study into the mobile habits of business men and women around the world, six in ten executives admitted to using mobile devices to retrieve business-related information when the stock markets have already closed for the weekend.

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CNBC's 2014 Mobile Elite survey compiled over 600 online interviews across Europe, Asia and North America. Market research company, T-Poll collected Europe and the U.S.'s data whilst GMI oversaw Asia's content.Weekdays are still the most popular time for hunting down information.

While those in Asia and the U.S. consume news during the mornings, European executives don't clock off as easily, with weekday evenings being the perfect time for catching up.

The weekend allows more time to digest articles and information thoroughly, with 48 percent consuming 'in-depth articles' and 38 percent observing business profiles.

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School London, Andre Spencer said checking work updates on the weekend is part of "an ongoing trend where work life and private life is bleeding into one another".

A reason for this is that "global business environments work on a 24/7 basis", therefore people need to "constantly stay in touch". This is becoming increasingly acceptable, Spencer added, as organizations have an "expectation" to be constantly working.

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Tablet vs. Smartphone: Who triumphs?

In 2013, 93 percent of European executives said they owned a smartphone or tablet. Across all three regions, the majority of those surveyed had five mobile devices.

The iPad is most popular in the U.S. at 58 percent, while Asia has the highest ownership in Android-based gadgets, with 63 percent of smartphones and 43 percent of tablets.

Video and written content are more frequently consumed on tablets, while accessing bite-size information including "real time data" is more prominent on smartphones, due to its immediate release.

Using tablets on the weekends allow executives to "catch up on real work" like reading in-depth articles, as employees feel that meetings and emails don't count as real work, says Mr Spencer. He added that rather than working on weekends, employees should "create time during work to read this material".

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