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Work-life balance suffers due to technology

Postby zmonster1969 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:15 pm

How many of us are guilty of answering emails or calls when we are on leave?

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1187247/1/.html

The majority of employees in Singapore struggle to achieve work-life balance, due to the widespread use of technology.

According to a study by global recruitment & HR services provider, Randstad, more workers feel obliged to answer emails and calls outside of work hours, as they're connected through smartphones and the Internet.

The Randstad Workmonitor Report for Q1 2012, released on Tuesday, polled 405 employees in Singapore.

It found that seven in 10, or 71 per cent, receive calls or emails outside regular office hours.

Sixty-seven per cent receive work-related calls or emails when they're on annual leave.

Nearly half, or 45 per cent, said their employers expect them to be available at all times, or '24/7'.

The number is higher for those who're between 45 and 54 years old and for those aged 25 to 34 years.

Sixty per cent of workers feel they fall short of their own expectation if they don't respond to an email or phone call immediately.

Randstad regional director, Singapore & Malaysia, Ms Karin Clarke, said companies and staff need to be mindful of the knock-on effect from technology.

"Business leaders should be clear in their expectations for how 'switched on' they expect their staff to be.

"For example, for people in a client-facing role, there may be a need to respond instantly around the clock but for others, replying on Monday morning is soon enough.

"At the same time, employees should set their own boundaries and ensure they spend uninterrupted time with friends and family and allow themselves the chance to relax."

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Re: Work-life balance suffers due to technology

Postby kwk9060 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:15 pm

How true!!!

DH was send to attend a 2 day course on work-life balance, the contradicting thing is that he has to work OT for the next few days to clear his backlogs.

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Re: Work-life balance suffers due to technology

Postby Sim TT » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:11 am

very often one has to work OT to cover for time spent while being away - courses, holidays etc.

ultimately must know how to split the time within yourself. I take the easy way of driving up north to get away from bosses. :imcool:

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Re: Work-life balance suffers due to technology

Postby mgnvr » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:53 pm

It's the corporate culture. When bosses are under pressure to deliver they expect the same from the subordinates. It's a lack of respect of personal time.

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Re: Work-life balance suffers due to technology

Postby zmonster1969 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:55 pm

mgnvr wrote:It's the corporate culture. When bosses are under pressure to deliver they expect the same from the subordinates. It's a lack of respect of personal time.


Subordinates should let their bosses know that they need their private time too. At my previous workplace, this was made known through the employee satisfaction survey.

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Re: Work-life balance suffers due to technology

Postby 1amber » Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:59 pm

kwk9060 wrote:How true!!!

DH was send to attend a 2 day course on work-life balance, the contradicting thing is that he has to work OT for the next few days to clear his backlogs.


yeah! What an irony! :skeptical:

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Re: Work-life balance suffers due to technology

Postby 1amber » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:01 pm

Technology like money is neutral. It can only be used or abused depending on who has the upper hand.

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Re: Work-life balance suffers due to technology

Postby Rangie » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:32 pm

I think many parents are like this writer, multitasking to squeeze time for the family:

http://parenting-talk.blogspot.com/2008 ... -busy.html

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