Monday, October 06, 2008

Staying connected

In the new era of blackberry’s, I-phones and all other forms of instant communication, people are now able to stay connected 24-7. On one hand it is an excellent, time efficient way to stay in touch and respond to work related issues while away from the office. On the other hand it can start becoming an issue as people actually now expect you to be available all the time and the work-a-holic does not know when to put the blackberry down.

According to the latest Pew Internet research on networked workers, people who own BlackBerrys and similar devices pretty much never stop working.Some findings from their research (in America) include:

  • 62% of employed adults use the internet or email at their job, and many have cell phones and Blackberries that keep them connected even when they are not at work

  • 45% of employed Americans report doing at least some work from home

  • 18% of working Americans say they do job-related tasks at home almost daily

  • 70% of device owners check work-related emails on the weekend

  • 55% check work-related email on vacation

  • 70% check work-related email when they’re taking a sick day

  • 43% check work-related email when they’re shopping or commuting

  • 49% of workers say that technology has made their lives more stressful

  • 71% said it has increased their flexibility

Surprising? Not anymore.

It's a digital life - and there's no going back. The key is to success and staying real is to ensure there is a structured balance between work and personal so you know exactly when to shut the phone off.

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