Technology is very much a double-edged sword when it comes to seeking a work-life balance. Tech gives us the freedom to work from anywhere, but it makes it harder to switch off. And it blurs the line between work and leisure.
It’s important to build habits into our lives that encourage us to take the necessary time out from work. Employers also have a responsibility to ensure that staff are not pressured into working outside of their normal hours.
Research reveals that working women are setting the standard when it comes to a healthy work-life balance. The survey by Polycom shows that UK men are a third more likely than women to let work interrupt their “downtime”.
Commenting on the findings, Tim Stone, VP of Marketing EMEA, for Polycom, said: “Technology, such as video and audio conferencing solutions enable us to connect and collaborate with our colleagues around the world. But, it is important that we manage our workload so as not to infringe on valuable downtime … quality time off is critical to mental wellbeing and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.”
On the upside, technology is allowing workers to move out of the confines of their office. A fifth of people working from home say they have conducted a meeting from their back garden. Over half of conference calls now made are from outside the “traditional” office.
The UK workforce appears to be ever-more mobile, with over two-thirds now working from home at least once a month. The onus is on business to allow flexible work, but also protect staff from overworking.
“With the right culture, policies and technology in place, this should be easily achievable,” says Stone.
Cognition24 can help transform the working lives of your people. We install and optimise technology solutions that make staff more efficient and productive. And with a bit of luck, they won’t have their leisure hours interrupted with thoughts of work.