Tech Tools Keep Workers Working Around the Clock
While today's professionals describe themselves as highly productive in the office, they're also constantly dealing with work matters during their personal time—including weekends, according to a recent survey from Workfront. The accompanying "State of Enterprise Work" report indicates that technology tools such as email and mobile devices that provide anywhere, anytime access represent a double-edged sword: They help employees get their job done faster, but they also compel workers to constantly stay connected to the office. Many employees surveyed said that this 24/7/365 availability is expected at their company, and they feel obligated to always be within their clients' reach. "As enterprises grow, so do the demands on their employees in terms of productivity and communication," the report states. "Too often, this pushes existing tools, processes and schedules to the breaking point. … Conflict and misperceptions flourish, team workloads become unbalanced and employees work increasingly longer hours." More than 615 U.S. office workers took part in the research, which was conducted by the Harris Poll.