21st December, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off
Smartphones are being utilised by businesses renting office space in Letchworth, but they may be a cause of stress in the workplace.
A healthy work-life balance is important for staff, but having a smartphone which keeps workers in touch with the office at all time can make it hard to switch off, and therefore increases stress levels.
Dr Carolyn Axtell, a researcher at The Institute of Work Psychology at Sheffield University, who worked on a Well-being of the Mobile Workforce study, said that being kept up to date at all times on work matters has encroached on family life.
She explained that there have been instances of parents checking their smartphones during nativity plays in which their children are appearing.
Dr Axtell continued: “Professional workers have a history of overworking anyway, but I think the mobile devices exacerbate that. It’s almost too difficult to switch off; access is there all the time.”
A recent Regus poll found that a third of workers spend between eight and 11 hours in the workplace every day, with ten per cent spending even longer at work.