New research from RingCentral reveals that the increase in notifications from video conferencing and online collaboration platforms is not only distracting workers from their seats, but is now having a negative impact on work-life balance. .
One in three (31%) of workers say that notices outside of working hours have increased in the past year. An additional one-third (33%) felt pressured to respond within an hour, and 14% felt they should respond immediately.
The report highlights that 32% of 21-34-year-olds are unable to fully focus on spending time with loved ones due to additional work announcements, which can take the joy out of the festive season for most.
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At least one in five UK workers now experience annoyance, anxiety or stress when they receive a notification from work, with many toggling between six or more apps on average. work week.
RingCentral further suggests that many workers would rather sit in a traffic jam than navigate through various communication applications, with notifications raising the same level of concern as spiders, bugs, and goofs. at the dentist.
Taking time off from work has become less common in the modern workplace, with nearly two-thirds (63%) of workers taking work home with them by checking notifications outside of working hours .
In many countries, including Belgium, France, and Portugal, ‘right to disconnect’ laws and policies have been adopted to enable workers to switch off after 9-5, and RingCentral considers that the UK could be next in a journey to prevent workers from experiencing fatigue and anxiety.
Overall, the study highlights the need for a more thoughtful approach to work-life balance in the UK. Regardless of legal action and protection, businesses should take steps to reduce the number of out-of-hours notifications they send to employees.