While most new technologies are designed with the intent of increasing people’s leisure time by automating or simplifying specific tasks, that’s not always the outcome in the real world. In fact, as the speed and ease of communication has increased thanks to cell phones and the Internet, many workers have found themselves constantly connected to the office, and putting in more hours as a result.
According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 50 percent of workers in the information technology, financial services, sales, and professional and business services industries say they check or respond to work emails outside of work, and 38 percent continue working after they’ve left the office for the night.
What does this mean for you?
It’s in any company’s best interest to look out for their employees’ well-being. Employee burnout can start a vicious cycle that leads to lowered morale and decreased productivity across the board.
To avoid this potential outcome, employers should consider implementing more flexible work schedules to accommodate not only their employees’ work-life balance, but also their work styles and habits. This freedom and flexibility can actually improve morale and productivity.