Most Workers Say Smartphones Add to Office Hassle

      April 15, 2016 08:22

      Six out of 10 office workers are being inconvenienced by their bosses or colleagues because their smartphone rings constantly even when they have left work for the day.

      In an online survey by the Korea Press Foundation of 1,040 salaried people between 20 and 59, some 62.3 percent said their life is being made more inconvenient by smartphones.

      Work-related calls from colleagues or superiors often disrupt their evenings. Only 37.7 percent said their life has been made easier by smartphones.

      The most inconvenient thing for 57.8 percent of the respondents was mobile messengers like KakaoTalk, followed by social media with 23.1 percent, calls and texts with 17.3 percent, and emails with two percent.

      Some 74.9 percent admitted they have intentionally not checked their messengers to avoid work-related hassle out of hours.

      In France there are efforts to draft a bill on the right to disconnect outside working hours, and a whopping 85 percent of the respondents here welcomed the idea. But over half believe that would be ineffective even if it became law.

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