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Careers: Technology adds to workers’ stress

An increase in the use of technology such as Blackberrys and PDAs is leaving workers stressed and unable to switch off when away from the office.

Three-quarters of workers (74%) feel under pressure to be constantly available thanks to such appliances and, as a result, 43% of workers admit to checking emails every 10 minutes, according to a report by Leaders in London.

Almost two-thirds (61%) said they only had 15 uninterrupted minutes in a working day, and 77% admitted to checking emails during social occasions such as weddings, romantic dates and even on holiday.

Ros Oxley, managing director of Leaders in London, said: “We often rely on modern technology.

Leaving the Blackberry turned off can be a good thing as everyone needs a balance between work and play.

“Ensuring there are choices in the way we communicate in the work place is essential for British businesses to continue thriving.”

A further 26% of respondents confessed they struggled with basic office equipment, with many workers wasting half an hour each day trying to get printers and photocopiers to work.

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