The average worker in Ireland puts in six hours of unpaid overtime each week. This amounts to a staggering 4.2m hours of working for free. This causes stress and imbalance in lives, especially those in middle management.
31% of the workforce is dissatisfied with their work-life imbalance. But if we focus on our goals, technology could enable us to work when and where we want. Already Google has been successful allowing staff to work from home if needed. On the other hand, constant access to email and work-related technology makes it difficult to switch off from work.
Volkswagen has agreed to turn off emails to workers with BlackBerry devices to help their work-life balance.
Deutsche Telecom has implemented a “Smart-Device-Policy” for its workers. This policy lets workers claim communication free time when they are off work, in exchange for a promise that managers will not expect them to read emails during their leisure time.
The challenge as we head towards ‘broadband burnout’ is do we actually want to be disconnected at all.
It seems to be all about balance.
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