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Mobile technology oppresses workers

Nick Booth

Mobile technology has created an oppressive work environment where end-users feel swamped by requests for their time. Instead of empowering workers most feel they are constantly on call and under scrutiny, a survey has shown.

The research, of 3,000 British workers, was commissioned by Leaders in London, the UK's largest annual leadership conference. The findings indicate that technology frequently creates the opposite effect to its intended purpose.

Seventy four per cent of those surveyed said the endless onslaught of technology made them feel under pressure to be constantly available. Twenty eight per cent admit that they feel less productive because of it.

Twenty six per cent confessed that they struggle to keep up with the most basic office equipment and 22% admitted that they waste up to 30 minutes a day trying to get printers, photocopiers and faxes to work.

One of the biggest complaints was that, since most people are not trained to shape the technology around they way they work, too many let the technology shape their modus operandi.

"Ensuring that there are choices in the way we communicate in the work place is essential for British business to continue thriving," said Ros Oxley, managing director of Leaders in London.





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