Professionals Want to Choose Their Own Work Apps

By Dennis McCafferty
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    96% of surveyed employees who use at least six apps on the job feel productive at work, compared with 77% of non-app users.

Despite a number of reports revealing high levels of stress among professionals due to always-on technology connectivity, employees who use a large number of work apps are actually happier on the job than those who don't, according to a recent survey from Softchoice. The accompanying report, "Tech Overload Is Overblown: Cloud Apps & the Happiness Effect," indicates that much of the satisfaction is driven by the workers' level of personal autonomy regarding work applications. In other words, employees who can "call their own shots" on app use are much more engaged than those who can't. They're also more content when they rely on the same tech tools in the office as they use at home. "This deluge of devices and apps into our professional lives has added to the widespread perception that employers have tipped the scales of work-life balance in favor of an always-on, always-accessible workforce," the report states. "As a result, [there's a general perception that] workers are overwhelmed and overloaded by technology—and, ultimately, less engaged in their work. [In contrast,] this research shows that technology—specifically, access to and use of cloud apps—makes employees happier at work, more satisfied with their work-life balance and more willing to stay with their current employers." An estimated 1,000 employees took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2015-02-11
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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