How smartphones stop work-life balance
Where does the office end.... and your life begin?
Is technology blurring the lines of work-life balance?
With the increase in technology designed to enable us to work from anywhere, where does the office end and your personal life begin? Is it preventing us having a good work-life balance?
The blurring of lines between business and pleasure isn't new. However the very way it seamlessly filters into the personal lives of the majority of employees these days, and the impact it can have on health, are causes for concern.In small businesses the problem is compounded. We are very rarely 'off' when it comes to work.
In decades gone by 'burn out' was associated with bankers and traders who worked 12 hour days with client entertaining on top. Stereotyped by their grey power suits, attendance in a city pub at 11am and eventually a mobile phone as big as a brick stuck to their ear.
Flex can be a problem
Then we moved onto the time of the Blackberry. At its peak in 2008 Blackberry had a stock market value of $55bn. Every business person worth their salt had a Blackberry - the first device to enable large-scale email retrieval on the go.
This move, to be able to physically carry out work tasks outside the office, meant even the morning commute was no longer a sanctuary for reading the paper or getting in a few more minutes snoozing.
In 2016 we have smart phones that can provide us with our emails, software giving us access to our work documents and technology allowing us to be in contact with colleagues and clients at the click of a watch.
Whilst all this change does bring with it the increasing ability to work outside of a 9-5 regime, the [Tweet "downsides have resulted in an increase demand on our, and our employees time."]
How has this impacted on our work-life balance? Let's explore some of the pro's and con's.
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