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Monday, 22 August 2011

Workers' out-of-office smartphone use revealed

A new report has revealed the extent to which some staff members are going to keep up to date with work duties – including using their smartphones while on holiday to stay in touch with the office.

The poll, carried out by Spring Technology, found that almost a quarter of staff confess to checking their work emails once or more a day while on holiday, despite 70 per cent of respondents feeling that this activity can damage relationships.

However, the effect on personal relationships is not the only result of checking work emails while away, according Richard Protherough, director at Spring Technology, who noted that this also indicates a lack of trust in colleagues' abilities.

"For most, smartphones are intended to allow employees to remain productive when travelling between offices, not when lying on the beach," he added.

It comes after a recent study, carried out by Reed as part of its Social Networking at Work study, revealed that 33 per cent of staff admit to using sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube while in the office.

Of this percentage, 64 per cent accessed the sites through a smartphone and 36 per cent though their work computer, with 62 per cent claiming to use these sites only once or twice a day.

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Source: The Sales Executive News

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