Smartphones and tablets are here to make our lives easier and more fun, but it turns out that new technology only makes us work more. A new study carried out by UK technology retailer Pixmania finds that British employees are finding it hard to switch off work and having access to Internet practically everywhere adds an extra two hours to their working days.
The research claims that Smartphones allow consumers to check their e-mails outside office hours, which is exactly what they do. The average UK employee works nine to ten hours at the office and checks their inbox 20 times a day, which in fact prolongs the working day by up to 12 hours. Moreover, one in ten workers say that they actually spend three hours a day reading and sending work-related e-mails both on their computers and on their mobile phones.
The vast majority of respondents (90%) say they can access their work e-mail accounts from their smartphones and two in three check their inbox when they get up and go to bed on a regular basis.
Employers seem to be expecting their staff to be online 24/7 and the increasing adoption of smartphones is further making it difficult for people to switch off work, says Ghadi Hobeika, marketing director of Pixmania, quoted by the Daily Express. Apparently, the more people stay in touch, the more they are expected to be able to work, he adds.
Source: M2 Bespoke News