More workers choosing to switch off and regain life balance
By Ian GRAYSON
While computing and communications technology allows staff to remain connected to their workplaces 24/7, growing numbers are deciding that enough is enough.
After years of responding to emails at all hours and taking calls from the boss during Sunday lunch, more workers are choosing to turn their devices off and reconnect with their private lives.
According to a report by HR software company NorthgateArinso, we are checking emails and making work-related calls out of hours less in 2012 than we did last year.
The report found 38% of people still admit to checking their email (down from 46% last year) while 24% are still making work calls (down from 36%).
The changes appear to be in response to the feeling that technology is increasingly impinging on what once was private time. Of those questioned for the report, 62% felt that technology enabled them to manage their work-life balance. This was down from 73% in the previous survey.
These results are interesting and may well point to a larger trend where people refuse to be always on and always connected to the workplace.
What's your policy? Are you a 24/7 kind of worker?
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