Tuesday, September 16, 2008

35% of Users Would Choose Blackberry over their Spouse - Today's Professionals Connected to Work 24/7 - Even in the Bedroom

Today's Professionals Connected to Work 24/7 - Even in the Bedroom
To coincide with Global Out of Office Day, Sheraton today announced the findings of a Work-Life study it commissioned to gauge the work habits of today's professionals. New technology continues to transform the way we live and work with 85% of U.S. professionals surveyed said that because of new technology, they feel compelled to be connected to work 24/7 and 81% say they work harder than they did five years ago. So just how addicted are we as a society to staying connected? Well, the vast majority of people (84%) say they check their PDA's just before going to bed and as soon as they wake up, 85% say they sneak a peak at their PDA in the middle of the night, and 80% say they check their e mail before morning coffee. A whopping 87% of professionals bring their PDA into the bedroom, and in what may or may not be a related finding, more than one-third of folks surveyed (35%) say if forced to choose, they'd pick their PDA over their spouse!

Video report here.

I do realize that the Blackberry is a sleek little number, but this is taking it to the extreme. People need to turn ignore their Blackberries when they are on their personal time.

Recently, the department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada has banned the use of Blackberries from 7pm to 7am to help combat this problem. The department will also be implementing a few other improvements to help improve the work life balance. They ask employees to ensure meetings end on time, and are not scheduled over the lunch hour.

Personally, I am not in favour of work meetings over the lunch hour. The lunch is hour is my personal time, and I will choose to do what I want in the hour. If it is to sit at my desk and work so I can head out early, or chill out and school some people in foozball it will be my choice.

It is important for everyone to have the ability to unwind and relax during the day, it will help them remain more productive, and better motivated.

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