How Connectivity Keeps Workers on Duty 24/7
Because technology has created a world in which we have constant access to information and communications, there really is no safe haven for professionals who would like to detach themselves from work-related tasks during their off-hours, according to a survey from ThinkingPhones. The resulting report, "The Constantly Connected Employee: Does the Workday Ever Really End?" indicates that most employees think it's fine to call or text co-workers and clients outside of business hours. Many check their company emails as soon as they wake up in the morning and shortly before going to bed. They also field office communications on their devices while on vacation or in the bathroom. And an alarming number of them do so while driving, posing a great risk to themselves and others. (Such practices increase the likelihood of an auto accident by 23 times.) "In today's digital world, with so many instant-communications devices at our fingertips, the fact that the majority of employees feel that it's acceptable to text or call co-workers regarding work-related matters outside of work isn't that surprising," according to the report. "However, other stats from the poll reflect a more intense connection to work. From the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed, employees feel they are expected to not just be available, but also be responsive to work-related correspondence." More than 1,000 U.S.-based employees took part in the research.