Workers spend less time on social media to restore work-life balance

Workers spend less time on social media in a bid to restore work-life balance, as the majority rarely use technology for personal matters.

Technology in the workplace continues to be a hot topic, but according to a recent survey by CV-Library more than two thirds of workers (67.4 per cent) don’t use social media whilst at work, and of those that do, the majority (45 per cent) will only do so for up to 15 minutes.

The study surveyed 1,200 workers on their opinions around technology in the workplace, and whether it is a distraction or an enabler to professionals. Interestingly, the survey finds that despite 56.1 per cent admitting that they use smart phones while they’re at work, the majority (79.8 per cent) do not use technology to do personal tasks during work hours.

Key findings

More than a third (39.7 per cent) of workers admit to taking time out of their working day to contact friends or family on the phone.

However, of those, the majority (73.3 per cent) would only do so for a maximum of 15 minutes.

A further 50 per cent say they would not check personal emails whilst at work.

And three quarters (77.4 per cent) would not waste time browsing the internet and looking at irrelevant sites during work hours.

Furthermore, the study finds that 66.4 per cent of employers have rules in place regarding technology for personal use, and for the majority (46.3 per cent) this means they cannot use their phone at work. A further 22.6 per cent say they are not allowed to use social media and 16.9 per cent are not allowed to surf the internet during work hours.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments, ‘With new technologies always emerging and access to emails and shared working spaces from almost anywhere, the lines between our work and our private lives are becoming increasingly blurred. It is therefore very positive to see that professionals are being careful not to spend their working hours doing personal errands or making calls; drawing a more definitive line between their work and home life. By putting simple rules in place, businesses can ensure that their staff are operating at maximum productivity during work hours, but that they are able to switch off and leave work behind at the end of the day.’

The survey also finds the majority (87.3 per cent) of professionals think that using technology at work is beneficial. When asked why they felt is it useful to them, respondents say that it enables them to connect with customers and clients from all over the world (30 per cent), helps them to communicate with people in real time (26.2 per cent), saves time (15.6 per cent) and enables them to work from different locations (13.7 per cent).

Biggins concludes, ‘It’s clear that technology is both important and useful to today’s professionals, enabling them to work remotely and connect with people all over the world. That said, it’s important that workers stay focused when using these technologies. If you notice your workforce are becoming increasingly distracted by technology, it may be time to put some rules in place regarding personal usage. This way you can ensure that they remain focused at work, whilst also promoting a healthy work-life balance.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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