A new international workplace survey of 100,000 people in 34 countries covering North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific by Kelly Services reports that 75% of respondents appreciate the opportunity
provided by smartphones and laptops to remain in constant contact with work, even though one third are working longer hours.
Across the globe, 35% say that technology contributes to working
longer hours, Yet, more than half 55% of respondents are happy with their current work-life balance. 87% of respondents say the ability to work anywhere, at any time, is a motivating force and a
better balance between work and personal life.
Gen Y workers (aged 18-29), are at the forefront of the technology-driven lift in productivity, but Gen X (aged 30-47) and baby boomers (aged
48-65) are each experiencing significant efficiency gains.
Key findings from the survey:
- 53% say productivity at work is ‘much better'
and 25% say it is ‘slightly better' as a result of new mobile technologies
- More respondents (64%) are happy with their work-life balance than elsewhere across the
- Just 30% are working longer hours as a result of the new technology, lower than in either Europe or the Asia Pacific
- 92% say the opportunity for telecommuting or
working remotely is important in deciding where to work
- 67% of baby boomers are experiencing a better work-life balance than younger generations
- 58% say work productivity is ‘much better' and 27% say it is ‘slightly better' as a result of new mobile technologies
- Satisfaction with work-life
balance (49%) is lower than in the rest of the world
- 33% are working longer hours because of new technology
- 84% say the opportunity for telecommuting or working remotely is
important in deciding where to work
- 49% of Gen Y place a greater emphasis on a work-life balance than older generations
- 62% say work
productivity is ‘much better' and 24% say it is ‘slightly better' as a result of new mobile technologies
- More respondents (41%) are working longer hours as
compared to other regions because of technology
- 97% say work-life balance is important to them, and 59% are happy with the current situation
- 89% say the opportunity
for telecommuting or working remotely is important in deciding where to work
- 79% of Gen X employees are the world's most enthusiastic about maintaining virtual contact with
Kelly Services Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, George Corona, concludes "The revolution in personal communications has improved work-life
balance through flexible work practices, working from home, and other family-friendly arrangements, while delivering a significant boost to organizational efficiency."
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