Blurring work and home

Brighthand mentions a study about mobile technology vs. longer working hours. Yes, it is probably true that being more connected means being available for more work. But the real question for the worker is whether it increases satisfaction or reduces stress. Wouldn’t it make more sense to measure these variables? Well, not if you’re the boss, I guess.

“In the future office, there will be added pressure to adapt quickly to change, work smarter, increase productivity and perform duties outside of one’s job description,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. “The good news is that emerging technological tools and educational opportunities will better enable professionals to meet these challenges.”

Hm. Well, that’s good for employers, but why not focus on the good for workers? I know that I feel more relaxed if I know there’s nothing going on I need to know about, so that’s a plus. But I don’t want the obligation of being constantly available, and that’s what will probably happen.

Leave a Reply