With technology giving us the ability to stay connected at all times, many companies are debating about whether or not employees should have to answer their emails during hours they are not in the office. Although there are the financial advantages to having work smart phones given out to all employees, it can also be a disadvantage that the employees constantly feel stressed and overworked.
Because of this, hours at the office could be used more for personal activities (i.e. shopping online, chatting on Facebook, etc.). It also has the topic of work-life balance. Of course in management operations you want the fewest number of employees with the longest hours with the littlest pay in order to make the best profit, but when is enough enough?
It has gotten to the point where many of my own friends who are in the work world will be sending out emails all Sunday instead of enjoying their day off, and I know this frustrates them. I have also had other friends who I have called late at night and were still in the office, off the clock. Is technology helping more than it’s hurting us?
“At the Advisory Board, the frustration showed up in an internal survey of its 1,750 employees. Workers said they would be happier and more likely to stick around longer if they had less after-hours email to tackle.”
If a worker is not at their best, they will not produce at their best. It is about having a happy-medium between these two ideas where the key lies.