Technology was supposed to lighten up the workload for employees and make their lives a bit more flexible, instead it has had the exact opposite effect, as a new survey shows.
The survey of 1,021 people, by job website CareerOne.com.au, found that though computers, mobile phones and email were all supposed to make work lighter, they have now a real bane by destroying the barrier that has always separated the professional from the personal.
The survey found that as compared to just five years ago, 72 per cent of employees are working longer hours, with 66 per cent saying they worked more than 40 hours a week.
While 56 percent of those surveyed revealed that email has increased their work load, 72 per cent admitted that it infringed on their personal lives as they even check work related emails on weekends or holidays.
Mobile phone are also a bane when it comes to work, for thanks to the technology 79 per cent revealed that they regularly took job related calls, even when work hours are officially over.
Kate Southam, CareerOne.com.au editor, said that technology was making it difficult for people stop taking their work home.
"People are not saying 'I'm leaving the office, it's the end of the business day'. They're saying 'I'll pop in the earpiece and have a few phone calls on the way home, I'll respond to a couple of emails at home. People have no way of having a nice neat line in the sand between work and their non-work life," the AAP quoted her, as saying.
Southam insisted that employers needed to stop encouraging after hours communication and unpaid weekend work of employees as it effect their health and productivity.
"Employers have a role to play here by discouraging after hours communication and definitely putting a stop to unpaid weekend work. A well-balanced person is better for everyone," she said.