Tech stress takes its toll

Tech stress takes its toll

21 June 2018 The number of Australian workers stressed because of technology has increased by 27 per cent since 2016, according to the latest workplace survey from global HR think-tank Reventure.
 
Seventy-three per cent of Australian workers said they felt constantly connected to work because of technology and couldn't ever completely shut off from it – compared to only 46 per cent in 2016.
 
The 2017 Snapshot of the Australian Workplace is a national survey of Australian workers, capturing worker sentiment in key areas such as  job satisfaction, performance, technology and health.
 
Reventure's Dr Lindsay McMillan said technology stress was becoming an increasingly common complaint that was not being addressed by employers.
 
“73 per cent of workers feel like they cannot turn work off, so they are checking emails and thinking about work because they are connected to their devices,” Dr McMillan said.

Right to disconnect

 
“It is up to employers to follow the lead of countries implementing the ‘right to disconnect’ which limits and regulates emails outside of working hours and make their expectations around work clear.
 
“If employers do not manage technology stress, employees will burnout and head to the exits, so it is very important for employee retention to tackle technology stress.”
 
The report also found:
  • 66% of workers agreed that the workplace was becoming more complex and was changing at a faster rate than ever before, compared to 54% in 2016.
  • 85% of workers agreed that new and emerging technologies were affecting the way work is accomplished and defined, compared to 65% in 2016.
The 2017 survey consisted of 1005 Australian employed adults aged 18 to 65: 56% were full time workers; 28% part time workers and 8% self-employed or independent contractors.
 
A future that works is a national workplace renewal campaign launched by global HR think-tank Reventure after research found 49% of Australian workers were likely to look for a new job in the next year. This campaign is aimed at highlighting effective and practical solutions so that workplaces can more actively engage with modern challenges.
 
More information on the campaign can be found here.

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