All of which led to it being no surprise that research from Nectar Business is headlined 'Workaholic Brits just can't switch off', according to the release. Far from saving us time and bringing quality back to our lives, Nectar - the loyalty card people - have found that we're working on average an extra 10 days a year.
Some of the headline results are alarming for managers wanting to keep a workforce motivated and fresh. They include:
- a fifth of people keep work phones on over weekends;
- 79 per cent of workers haven't met half the people with whom they do business;
- one-third of men turn their work phones off when they leave the office;
- one in 20 people get over 100 emails a day;
- twenty-four per cent of people feel stressed by this constant state of being on call;
- 42 per cent of people say they meet colleagues less regularly due to email dependence;
- 60 per cent - get this - now say they prefer to communicate by mail than face to face.
That's a lot of figures. However, some of the findings were positive - 71 per cent of people found email the best way to keep colleagues informed and 28 per cent thought it a useful tool for delegating. But that still leaves a quarter of respondents stressed.