One-third of U.S. workforce feels need to always stay connected
The recent economic downturn has American workers stressed, overworked, and anxious, but many are turning to technology to help them cope. Workers are using technology to stay connected (sometimes even secretly), work harder, and maintain job security to survive the economic recovery, according to a survey by InterCall, a conferencing and collaboration services provider.
- Increased productivity – More than four out of five workers (81 percent) say technology helps them be more efficient.
- Job security – One-fourth (25 percent) of workers say their job security is partially dependent on their supervisor seeing they are connected to work even after hours.
- Men are sneakier – Men are twice as likely as women to conduct business from locations they choose not to disclose to their bosses, colleagues, and customers.
- Competition in the workplace – Three in five workers (58 percent) say technology gives them a competitive edge over colleagues in the office.
- Comfort rules – Some employees (5 percent) even use conferencing to take meetings so they can wear what they want and avoid wearing typical meeting attire such as suits, ties, or even shoes.
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