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Switching on outside office risks relationships, psychologists find

[ 2015-01-08 15:24] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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A company mobile phone or laptop might seem like a perk of the job but it could spell disaster for personal relationships, a new study has found.



Modern gadgets which allows workers to be perpetually on-call or able to check emails can put a huge strain on life outside of the office.



A British study, carried out by psychologists from the University of Surrey, analysed 65 previous surveys involving 50,000 employees to determine the consequences of having constant access to work.

英国萨里大学(University of Surrey)的心理学家们进行了一项研究,他们通过之前有5万员工参与的65份调查,分析了长期需要工作待命的后果。


They found that those who ‘switched on’ long after the office was shut were more likely to have problems with their health and private lives.



The use of mobile phones and laptops increasingly ‘blurred’ the boundaries between work and home life ‘causing work-family conflict’ the authors concluded.



The studies showed that although smartphones and tablets are often billed as helping to workers to be more flexible with their time, they actually caused employees to work longer hours.



“The overall amount of time which is actually spent with one’s family and with engagement in self-related activities is reduced by (mobile phone and laptop) use,” the report found.



The researchers discovered that workers increasingly face a strong expectation to be available 24/7 and few feel able to switch off.



Svenja Schlater who led the study said bosses needed to ‘rethink’ whether it was sensible for employees to be in constant contact.

该研究的负责人Svenja Schlater表示,老板们需要“反思”让员工长时间待命是否合理。


“Staying 'switched on' might increase flexibility and efficiency at first glance, but in the long run, it can result in longer work hours and can be detrimental to wellbeing due to stress and work-life balance issues, “she said.



"We need to re-think unlimited 24/7 access to work, and manage technology use more wisely and in particular, more actively.



"Researchers, employers and employees need to work jointly on how to make the use of technologies as beneficial as possible, reducing the negative effects. Otherwise, there is a danger of unintended knock-on effects."



Ms Schlater added: "Families are understandably annoyed when someone is checking their mobile phones throughout dinner. It can cause problems within relationships and communication.



"And workers themselves need to realise that they should not be contacting colleagues after hours, as they will be pressuring them to reply."



According to telecoms regulator Ofcom, 61 per cent of UK adults now say they own a smartphone, while household take-up of tablet computers has almost doubled over the past year to 44 per cent.



Research by Ofcom found that around thirty per cent of smartphone users say they regularly take part in personal phone calls during working hours, compared with 23 per cent of regular mobile phone users.


However, smartphone users are more likely to take part in work calls while on holiday or annual leave.



Recent research by employment law specialist Blake Morgan found more than half of workers feel they are expected to work faster and hit deadlines sooner as a result of this new connectedness to mobiles and laptops, while nearly half believe their employers now expect them to be available any time, anywhere.

雇佣法专家布莱克•摩根(Blake Morgan)在他最新的研究中指出,超过一半的员工表示由于手机和电脑被频繁运用到工作中,上级们对他们的工作速度要求更高了。而有近一半的员工甚至认为老板已经要求他们在任何时间、地点都随叫随到。