Turns out there are plenty of reasons why companies like Samsung and Apple (News - Alert) can’tgetalong when it comes to their mobiledevices. More than ever, there is a huge market out there that are using smartphones and mobile devices than ever. Businesspeople used to clock in at 9 am and clock out at 5 pm. For a myriad of different reasons, white collar employees are tethered to their offices without being physically tethered to their offices thanks to an uptick in mobile phone use.
Forbes recently did a study that shows that business people in the UK are especially locked into working well beyond the usual hours. The mini-study took a survey of 111 British office workers and the results were rather impressive as far as workaholics go. AccordingtoForbes, 97 percent of the people who took part in the study said that they were “always on” meaning that they surf the web and answer emails that are work related well outside the usual work hours. What is most interesting about this particular study is that while that number might also return quite a few people who were unhappy that they were always one, more than 84 percent said they actually felt more dialed in.
The respondents of the survey said that they felt more prepared for the next day because they were getting a constant stream of information. This particular bit of information seems to be setting a bad trend for other workers who may not want to be linked in. Of the people who took part in the survey, 32 percent said that they check their work emails every couple of hours. More than half say they would step away from a family occasion in order to deal with a work issue.
Perhaps the most odd part of this entire study is that these British workaholics don’t seem to realize they are workaholics. Only 15 percent of those who responded said that they struggle when it comes to separate work from their personal life. Have we really gotten to a point as a society where working isn’t impinging on our free time, because we don’t really recognize the need for free time?
Edited by Jennifer Russell