The advancements in Digital technology during the modern era have severely impacted the office work force. Many of the office goers that the recent advancements have enabled them to be more productive and stats also indicate that emails, internet and smart-phones have increased worker productivity manifold. But the longer working hours are a downside to this tale of increased productivity.
Pew Research Center reports that almost half of the workers who use online media and tools sat that they feel more productive and about four out of ten state that internet access, email and phones give them more flexibility during their working hours.
But 35 % also state that they are working over-hours because of these digital tools. Lea Rainie, director of Pew’s science, internet and technology research said: “The once rigid boundary between work and home has changed to something that is highly permeable. People do lots of work at home and they do some home-related things at work like shop, browse the web and watch March Madness on their mobile devices in their cubicles.”
Pew Research Center surveyed more than 1,000 adult Internet users and focused on 535 adults who worked full- or part-time in between 12th September to 18th September.
On an average people in the U.S. work 1,790 hours annually which is higher than the average of 1,765 hours according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Email tops the list of one of the most used channel of communication at the workplace, even though many have predicted the demise of email, but it still is the most potent force at the workplace.