A recent article posted on the PC Pro website discusses the downside of today’s mobile device ubiquity with regard to working professionals’ always-on connectivity to the workplace.
The article, “Information overload driving up office worker stress,” shares some interesting statistics that counter the notion that the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is unquestionably beneficial in terms of worker productivity.
From the piece:
“When it comes to mobile devices, 40% of those who use them for work said they felt under constant pressure to check the device just in case they miss something, while 45% felt under pressure to respond immediately, irrespective of where they are or what they are doing.
It is perhaps not surprising then that 58% of respondents admitted to checking for work messages within 15 minutes of waking up in the morning and 52% said it was one of the last things they did before going to bed at night.
Around 30% of those surveyed said this information deluge has a negative impact on their job satisfaction and on their health and wellbeing.”
Even though the article cited above reports findings from a survey specific to the U.K., I believe results from similar surveys conducted in many other countries would parallel those reported by PC Pro.
Personally, I don’t feel as though smartphone-enabled access to my workplace makes my life more stressful. On the contrary, actually, because I appreciate being able to read through the after-hours email messages I receive before showing up each morning and immediately feeling overwhelmed (i.e., stressed out) in the face of so much unanswered correspondence.
But I also mourn the fact that many of today’s professionals no longer enjoy total separation between work and home, regardless of whether they bring it on themselves through self-mandated, around-the-clock email checking.
I’d love to read your thoughts regarding mobile devices and their ties to the workplace. Please share your comments below.