by Barrie Hopson on June 1, 2010 · 2 comments

in work/life blend

Portfolio workers often make little distinction between work and non- work time. This is how we choose to live. But there can be issues for us if we never take time out to recharge and just have time to ‘stand and stare’. I have probably lost most of you already! You are just going to love a new German word created just for you. “Freizeitstress” . This literally translates as “free-time stress”. This is the worry about whether we are fully utilising our time off. A German researcher has discovered that about 75% of people are incapable of relaxing – even on holiday. Especially on holiday. How often do you get ill when you take a break? However much you do from your ‘to do’ list do you always feel that you should be doing more? Deep down do you know that you really don’t like going on holiday? Are you horrified at the thought of not being with your fellow workers?  An excellent article by Fiona Macdonald-Smith in the Times last month explores all of these issues. Read and decide whether after all you are really a German…

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1 Louise Robertson June 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

More interesting reading can be found on http://www.clearswift.com their recent research talks about Generation STaNDby. Indeed you have probably met some of them already.

Clearswift’s awkward acronym stands for “Socially and Technologically Never Disconnected”. It applies to a large group of employees who never fully switch off from work, Clearswift says.

Clearswift ran a survey of about 400 workers each in Britain, the US and Germany.

Boundaries between work and home lives blur, with 48 per cent of office workers and 76 per cent of managers saying work tasks overlap into their home lives at least twice a week — and usually more. This is, in part, fuelled by 52 per cent who use their home laptop for work, and 38 per cent who use a smartphone as an always-on link to the office.

We spot them all the time. They include the unbearably tiresome types who take a mobile phone call at a dinner party table — usually without apology — or tap away on Twitter while sharing a coffee or a beer.

But things work both ways for this switched-on generation. In return for staying connected to the boss, Clearswift says the workers are demanding the right to spend part of their time at work accessing the net and social networking content — such as Twitter and Facebook — for personal reasons.

Indeed some 21 per cent of workers say they would turn down a job where that “right” is not guaranteed. Clearswift calls this “home-ing from work”: the opposite of working from home.

I am not sure where I fit, I have my own laptop and phone and do both work/social through them my perimeters are totally blurred but I don’t take calls at a dinner party unless the company is particularly dull.

2 Barrie Hopson June 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Hi Louise. Thank you so much for this information. It was all new to me so fits well with the German findings. If we ever meet up for dinner I will insist that you turn your mobile off!

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