A wired world makes it easier for an individual to take their work with them wherever they go. Individuals will respond to emails, text messages and phone calls while they are at lunch, on their break, weekends and even late evenings. Many individuals decide to do this by choice. For some, it is a way to get a jump on their competitors.
In todays world, you have Palm pilots, Palm Treo, Blackberries, Cell phones, Laptops, and Think pads just to mention a few. The Pew Center study found that workers in high management, high income or high government jobs are affected by the demands that high technology can provide. People are now connected to the office even when they are on vacation.
For some people, this type of work is a joy. Still there are some that this provides a burden. Human bodies and brains were not developed to work constantly. there has to be time to re fire the batteries. Too much work can quickly cause burnout. If there is no incentives to do this type of work, people will soon start hating their job or profession.
I recently did an article on Medical Professionals wanting to leave their jobs. The main reason was because of the extra work that they had to do. The same can be said about others in the work place. Too much demand to keep up with others and the goal to be over productive at any cost, takes it toll on individuals. Many workers are required to check their emails even when they are away on their own free time. These are unreasonable expectations on the American worker.
There are warning signs that the employer should look for. They are unable to concentrate, dwell on work issues after hours, short temper, headaches, upset stomaches, and increasing irritability are warning signs that enough is enough.
To help individuals unplug from technology try these things. 1. Take a break during the day and leave your technology tools on or in your desk. 2. Take a brisk walk outside. 3. Set time boundaries and stick to them. (At the end of the day, lock up your technology tools.) 4. Inform others of your unavailability after work. 5. Pay attention to the shows you watch before falling asleep. There is a big difference in drama compared to comedy programs. 6. Take time to laugh.
The Pew Study also found these statistics. 45% of all workers do some work at home. 37% do some several times a month. 18% work from home daily. 1 out of 4 employees that make $75,000 or more do 69% of their work from home. 89% of the general workers use a cell phone. 19% of all workers own and use a PDA or Blackberry.
Lastly, the higher the income of the worker, the more gadgets they will use. As technology advances, workers are looking for the extra edge that they need to get ahead. Many think that by using these gadgets that it will save them time at home. In actuality it is just the opposite. More gadgets means more work.
The statistics in this article was provided by the Pew Study.
sources; The Boonville Daily News