It appears that developments in technology which currently have most people in business constantly "switched on" are progressing such that people who try to switch off won't be able to for much longer. However what about the increase in stress claims for employers, and their duties to ensure that employees don't exceed the weekly maximum working hours under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, not to mention issues in relation to Health & Safety? Flexible working arrangements can prove to be a bit of a nightmare for employers!!
"I turn off my work phone at 5.30 every day," said a woman seated next to me. "I'm not paid to work after that so I don't see why I should."........ I was intrigued. What if something came up, I asked? Wasn't there a danger that an opportunity or a solution to a problem might fall by the wayside for want of a one-line response to an important email or a text message?........ We're being trapped by all this new technology. We have to put our foot down and say no." This lady's work-free evening zones may not last much longer. Having spent the last week in San Francisco at Microsoft's Build conference much of what is coming down the tracks in our work software aims to integrate our work and home lives more, not less.