HR Strange But True!
March 17, 2010

While Smart Phones make it easier for employees to stay connected to the workplace, CareerBuilder's “The Work Buzz” blog found that this “tethering” to the office results in workers checking their phones in some unusual places, and the bathroom is among the most common.

Results of an informal survey conducted by the blog indicate that 14% of workers said they feel obligated to constantly stay in touch with work because of the current tough economy; 21% of workers say they check their mobile device every time it vibrates or beeps; and 18% report they are required by their company to be accessible beyond office hours via a mobile device.

It's no surprise that 17% of workers said they feel like their workday never ends because of technology connecting them to the office,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources for CareerBuilder. And 23% of workers who are required to be accessible beyond office hours report that being too connected to their jobs via technology has caused issues or arguments with their friends and family

The survey also says that under such policies, workers must resort to checking their phones for work-related message in some unusual situations:

  • During a meal – 62%
  • On vacation – 60%
  • While in the bathroom – 57%
  • Lying in bed at night – 50%
  • At a movie, play, musical, etc – 25%
  • On a date – 18%
  • Working out at the gym – 17%
  • At a child's event of function – 17%
  • At church – 11%

Source: Work Buzz

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