Workers tethered by the e-leash in some strange places
While smart phones have made it easier for workers to stay connected to the office, they have also made it more difficult to disconnect during personal time.
CareerBuilder conducted a survey on this very topic and workers with smart phones said they are checking in with the office on their smart phones from virtually anywhere and everywhere, including:
- During a meal – 62%
- On vacation – 60%
- While in the bathroom – 57%
- Lying in bed at night – 50%
- At a movie, play, musical, etc… – 25%
- On a date – 18%
- Working out at the gym – 17%
- At a child’s event of function – 17%
- At church – 11%
Here are some other interesting things workers admitted to:
- 14% of workers said they feel obligated to constantly stay in touch with work because of the current tough economy
- 21% of workers say they check their mobile device every time it vibrates or beeps
- 18% report they are required by their company to be accessible beyond office hours via mobile device
- 23% of workers who are required to be accessible beyond office hours report that being too connected to their jobs via technology has caused issues or arguments with their friends and family.
“The lines between work and life can be very blurry these days — 17% of workers said they feel like their work day never ends because of technology connecting them to the office,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “To reduce burnout and avoid potentially risky behavior, workers should allot technology-free time when away from work.”
In related news, watch the clip below of Jerry Seinfeld doing stand-up in his recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. At the 2:45 mark, he starts his bit about smart phones. Can you relate?
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