The findings are part of the latest survey results from the Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI), that examines the rise of the highly virtual workforce, characterized by widespread access to mobile technologies, and the impact on workplace productivity, work-life balance and job security.
The Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI) brings together the findings from almost 170,000 respondents from 30 countries, including over 4,400 in the UK and Ireland. It shows the results of diverse forces impacting the contemporary workplace, including generational and geographic diversity, technology, employee empowerment, and the widespread use of social media.
It looks at the emergence of the highly virtual workforce, characterised by employees that are connected to their workplace around the clock by virtue of mobile technologies.
The advent of smartphone’s and laptops, and 24/7 access to corporate IT networks has empowered a generation of workers for whom the office is always in their pocket. Not so long ago, it was predicted that technological advances would give us all more leisure time. In hindsight, that seems quaintly naïve. As this study shows, most are juggling the competing pressures between work and leisure, but outcomes vary markedly across countries and generations.
The blurring of the line between work and leisure is occurring across all generations but is most pronounced for Gen Y and Gen X employees and those with a professional and technical background. These workers feel the greatest pressure to maintain contact with their work, even during their downtime. Asked to identify the main pressures for staying connected with work, the largest share (36 percent) said they were placing the pressure on themselves. Other sources of pressure were coming from employers, identified by 26 percent, “industry culture” (15 percent), customers and clients (14 percent), and other employees (5 percent).
The results also show: — Workers in APAC feel the most pressure to stay “connected” to their work outside of normal work hours, with 35 percent feeling compelled to stay in touch, compared with 28 percent in EMEA and 21 percent in the Americas. — The most significant increase in workplace productivity occurred in APAC, with 62 percent experiencing gains, compared with 50 percent in both EMEA and the Americas. — Almost one-third (32 percent) say that the use of mobile technologies has contributed to fatigue or burnout. — Only 29 percent say that the online technologies have improved their job security. — 60 percent would consider telecommuting — working mainly from home or away from the office — if that were offered.
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