Workers Struggle to Achieve Work-Life Balance

By Dennis McCafferty
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    53% of workers surveyed say they check work messages (emails, texts, voice mails) at least once a day over weekends.

Do you remember when off-hours were off limits for work? We don't either. And neither do a lot of other people, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence. The accompanying report, "Communication Technology: Implications for Work and Well-Being," reveals that the majority of employees check office messages before and after hours, as well as during vacations and sick leave. And many professionals do this at least once an hour. But here's the good news: Somehow, most workers find a way to manage it all while still striking what they consider to be a good work-life balance. So maybe 24/7 device connectivity isn't as bad as it's sometimes portrayed to be. "People are often given the advice to unplug to achieve work-life balance and recharge," says David Ballard, assistant executive director for organizational excellence at the American Psychological Association. "While there's no question that people need downtime to recover from work stress and avoid burnout, that doesn't necessarily require a complete 'digital detox.' For many people, the ability to stay connected adds value to their work and personal lives. We're learning that not everyone wants to power down, and that's OK." More than 1,080 workers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2013-09-26
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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