It is no secret that mobile technology has stretched our work patterns beyond the hours we spend at desks or in offices. On this May Day we ask – how is technology affecting your work/life balance?
In a recent APESMA poll, members reported working an average of eight hours more overtime each week, compared to a year ago. This effectively equated to working an extra day of work each week, often spread out as one to two hours extra each day and some time on the weekend.
Last year the ACTU and The Australia Institute released research that found that Australians worked more than two billion hours of unpaid overtime, equating to $72 billion worth of foregone wages.
Additionally the same research found that in a workforce of 11.4 million people, about 6.8 million workers experience work that pollutes free time in any given week, while 1.75 million workers regularly have their free time infiltrated by work demands.
Has technology increased the hours you work? If so, how?
Today as we mark May Day and the anniversary of the proclamation of the eight hour working day, are you concerned that technology is eroding the idea of eight hours work, eight hours rest and eight hours play?