It is clear that technology has contributed not only to increasing productivity but to launching, as it provides important solutions to workers and releases hands from some manual jobs that they would find it difficult to accomplish.
But a new Microsoft survey, made to 20,000 European workers, shows that technology, and in particular the ability to connect permanently can cause stress, which also decreases the productivity of several of them. Many employees said that the bulk of emails, but also SMS and other emails, often distracts them and prevents them from gathering, especially if social media posts are taken into account.
As one expert has pointed out, many workers today suffer from high levels of technology, a particular form of anxiety associated with the use of digital technology experienced as disruptive.
The sampling survey, conducted in 21 European countries, according to the BBC reveals that only one in ten workers (11.4%) feels really productive.
“Modern workers have an abundance of technology at their fingertips, but that does not necessarily translate into a positive impact,” the researchers said.
Microsoft has highlighted the dangers of “continuous connectivity”, which has created expectations that employees should at all times and instantly respond to messages and communications requests they receive through smartphones, tablets and all kinds of computers.
This has the effect that workers’ hours become de facto and go beyond typical limits. Although it is assumed that most hours of work from anywhere (in the office, at home, in cafes and on the road) bring more productivity, that’s not always the case. Ultimately, technicians do not only undermine the worker’s personal life and leisure, but also the performance in his work.
Microsoft recommends that each company adopt a proper “digital culture” that will improve the way technology is used and how employees feel, which will make them more productive. A prerequisite for this is to set time limits, for example, when employees can send e-mails to work and what time they have to respond to the messages.