Connected Tech Means Work-Life Balance Is Tilting Towards Stress
from the it's-everywhere dept
It’s no secret that the “always on, always connected” life-style is forcing some adjustments for people. A few years ago, we noted that the work-life balance was often tilting too far in favor of work, as employers liked that they could reach employees during the off-hours, but were still freaking out about any bit of life creeping into the workplace. With that in mind, it probably comes as a shock to no one that many people are blaming their mobile connected devices for bringing more stress into their lives. Everyone complains about how work follows them everywhere, but women also complain that family stress now follows them to work as well. Of course, this is all based on surveys, rather than actual measurements of stress levels. It’s quite common for people to complain about things like how their mobile phone keeps them tethered, but they forget about how they bought it in the first place to stay in better touch and to have more flexibility. It is true that companies need to learn to let their employees be more flexible — and mobile device users need to learn how to better prioritize (as well as when and how to shut down), but it’s all part of adjusting to new technologies.