How to balance the work-home life in an ever connected world

How to balance the work-home life in an ever connected worldSome of us living in London were told that we should work at home during the Olympics to cut down on the number of people piling onto the transport network.

And many employers have actually been keen to promote this, fully safe in the knowledge that by doing so, they're keeping people tethered to the office without wasting hours on the Tube.

But more than half of mobile workers (albeit, 54% - so only just over) reckon that being connected 24 hours a day would give them a shorter working day. Yet wouldn't go any way to improving the old work-life balance.

This is all down to research from Virgin Media and picked up by TechRadar which claims that by the end of this yearm 70% of the UK is expected to have a smart device reliant on the internet (ie. a smartphone or tablet, we presume is what they mean).

And that constant connection means that 79% of people think it'd mean they had easier access to emails and some 46% could deal with emergencies in a much speedier manner.

"Mobile connections to the internet are getting better by the day. Commuters in London can now access WiFi under the streets of the city at multiple stations on the Underground network. In time, we'll be able to check-in at the office, social networking sites, or simply contact friends and family everywhere we go" said Virgin.

"As the lines between our work and personal devices blur, the temptation is to never switch off and constantly check emails or work on a document. Because of this 24 hour demand for data on the move, we've seen the amount of data consumed on our network jump to 765 billion individual bits of data being transferred every second. This has smashed the previous mark for the Virgin Media Business network by more than a quarter (27 per cent).

"Even if we're shortening our working days by working on the move, it's actually creating a false economy if we're constantly fretting over our smartphone throughout the day and night. The key is getting the balance right and enjoying the reassurance that if we do need to read an important email or deal with an emergency on the move, then we can."

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 1, 2012 at 18:00

Sorry, Phil... But I cracked up halfway into the first paragraph.
I love how 'worker' doesn't mean 'worker' anymore. How Labour now means sending 'workers' to other countries to kill other 'workers' for oil... Hahaha... A 'worker' cannot build a brickwall from a PC in his mother's basement or sitting at his Ikea desk assembled by a worker...
Sorry. I'm totally digressing. Not your fault. I blame my brain. You can, too.

The Olympics are a scandal, by the way.
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